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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Residents brace for new round of tax scams

Tax-related scams remain an issue, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Under these scams, a con artist calls you posing as a representative of the Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of the Treasury or law enforcement agency. The scammer demands a large payment on back taxes or some other purported debt.

The con artist will often threaten you with arrest, jail or legal action to pressure you into making an immediate payment. In some cases, the con artist will ask you to provide your bank account information, which can be used to empty your bank account.

Other times, the con artist may instruct you to send the payment via a wire transfer or a reloadable card.

After the money is sent, the scam artist disappears and the money is typically lost for good.

For more scam alerts, see future editions of the Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.

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