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Cuomo Warns Of Tax Collection Scam

Con Artists Claim To Be With IRS, State Tax Department, Governor Says
Gov. Cuomo Delivers State of State Address Jan 9, 2013 (credit: CBS 2)

Gov. Cuomo Delivers State of State Address Jan 9, 2013 (credit: CBS 2)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The “tax collector” who is calling you might actually be a con artist.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the scammers claim in phone calls and emails that they are from the Internal Revenue Service or the state tax department and threaten people with fines, deportation or arrest if they fail to pay up.

Scam callers tell recipients to immediately pay with a wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. Sometimes the calls are accompanied by fake IRS emails. The scammers threaten recipients who don’t comply.

Some of the bogus calls come from the 530 area code but others appear legitimate on the caller ID screen.

State officials said tax agencies always make first contact by letter with a phone number you can contact to verify the sender.

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