Scammers target Baton Rouge residents
BATON ROUGE - Someone is targeting people in Baton Rouge, stealing thousands of dollars by claiming to be the IRS even though tax season ended months ago.
The Better Business Bureau has gotten fifty calls in the past week from people reporting scammers who say they owe money to the government.
The person on the other end of the line threatens to hit you with a lawsuit, arrest or additional fees if you don't comply. The crooks are very convincing and often have your personal information like your address or the last four digits of your social security number.
Some victims have even said "IRS" pops up on the caller ID. The BBB wants to remind you there are certain things the IRS will never ask you for.
"They're never going to ask you for a pay card, your debit or credit card number, or your pin number," Baton Rouge BBB President Jim Stalls explains. "These agencies normally do everything by certified letter."
Stalls went on to say you should always remember the IRS will never ask you for money by phone or e-mail. His advice is to hang up and contact the IRS yourself if you think the claim is legitimate.