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BBB warns about IRS phone scam

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning residents about an IRS phone scam that's targeting people right here in our community.

The Treasury Inspector General calls it the largest phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers.

 For one resident it all began with a phone call from a person saying they're from the IRS. Tonya Bush says it was shocking at first, but then she thought something was up. She got a voicemail a few days ago, where someone was asking for $1,800, saying she would be arrested if she didn't pay up.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona says they have received multiple complaints from residents about this scam. The Treasury Inspector General says the scam has captured more than a million dollars nationwide. The IRS says in some of the cases, the scammers have had the last 4 digits of the victim's social security.

In Bush's case, she called her father who does her taxes.

"I thought it was legit, so I was freaked out a little bit," Bush said. "I was like, ‘What there's no warrant out for my arrest.' I thought about it for a second and then I was like, ‘No, maybe it's a scam, maybe it's not.'"

Bush and her father didn't send any money.

A couple tips to keep in mind. If you owe taxes or think you owe taxes you should call the IRS.

If you're the victim of the scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

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