Tax Scams Popping Up Around State

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During tax season, it’s better to receive than to give for sure, but a new scam is making people believe that they owe.

In Newington, police say a con-artist claiming to be an FBI agent duped a woman into wiring more than $1200 for a supposed improperly filed tax return for 2012.

In Branford, a bogus caller posing as in IRS agent convinced a woman that she owed back taxes and threatened arrest if she didn’t wire money immediately.

Certified public accountants say wiring money to the IRS should have raised suspicions, and the phone calls themselves should have been the first red flag.

“What you need to know is that the IRS does not make calls for a simple collection matter where you owe liabilities without having first sent you one or two letters,” Jim Barlow of Barlow Tax Solutions said.

A good rule of thumb to avoid being scammed over taxes is to call the IRS directly to find out if back taxes are truly owed.

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  • Gail Corcoran

    I've received the the same type of call telling me that they were and IRS Agent, gave me a return phone number and told me that I was going to arrested for seven tax frauds… I returned the call and spoken to an Indian man with a very thick accent, and when I asked him my social security number, he stated 800000000,,,, and hung up on me… I called back and they picked up the phone and hung up… I called again,and a woman answered and started saying hateful things to me about me and my family and asked me why I was calling? Really… they called me… I called my local Police Department in Berlin to report the call and they told me to ignore it… "it's a scam"… guess what, got the same call this morning… unbelievable… where does it stop and when do authorities step in? They tell you to report it but to whom????