Attorney General’s Office Warns of IRS Phone Scams

Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be prepared for an increase in scam calls as they begin filing their state and federal income taxes. Beshear said tax season scams typically involve scammers pretending to be an Internal Revenue Service agent who claims they need to verify the victim’s personal and financial information over the phone or claims that the victim owes back taxes. Once they have the victim’s information, they can steal tax returns and other funds by changing the deposit to a reloadable money card. The attorney general’s office recommends never providing personal or financial information over the phone, knowing the IRS and other local, state and federal agencies will never call and request money over the phone, and independently verifying calls from individuals pretending to be with these organizations.

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