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Tax scam warning

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The I-R-S is warning Wisconsinites about an elaborate scam in which taxpayers are told they owe money -- and they could be arrested, deported, or lose their licenses if they don't pay up now.

Wisconsin I-R-S spokesman Christopher Miller says at least some folks in the Badger State have received such calls. There was no word on whether anyone was victimized.

I-R-S officials say the scammers sound real. They give fake names and employee badge numbers -- and they might even know the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number. Where they give themselves away is how they demand payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers. Acting I-R-S Commissioner Danny Werfel says his agency never asks taxpayers to provide either of those things -- and they never ask for credit card information over the phone, either. Also, Werfel says the I-R-S never gets too heavy with phone threats, like the scammers are apparently doing.

If you get such a call, you're urged to call the I-R-S if you really owe back taxes -- or the Treasury Inspector General if you don't.

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