TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Marana Police Department said it has received an increase in reports of the phone scam involving people claiming to be from the IRS.
There are variations to the scam but most cases have this in common.
• The scammer, posing as an IRS agent, contacts a potential victim over the phone or through email.
• The caller will have the victim's personal information -- like name, address, hometown or birth date -- to try to make it seem legitimate.
• The scammer claims the victim owes back taxes and must pay it immediately.
• The caller attempts to get the victim to make a payment through prepaid debit cards or wire services.
• If the victim refuses to cooperate, the caller may threatened him/her with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license.
• The caller may become hostile and insulting.
The IRS said it will never:
• Call about back taxes without mailing an official notice.
• Demand payment without giving the person an opportunity to question or appeal.
• Require the person to use a specific type of payment.
• Ask for credit or debit card information over the phone.
• Threaten to have you arrested.
Officials said while most people realize it's a scam, some do fall for it and it can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
Some victims may be too embarrassed to report it but police said they should still make a report.
To learn more about the scam, click HERE to go to the IRS website.