CHICAGO (AP) — A consumer watchdog group has warned Chicago and northern Illinois residents of a phone scam where callers pose as IRS officials and trick people into sending them money.
The Better Business Bureau on Thursday released a statement about the nationwide phone scam that has led to losses of about $1 million. The group says scammers call taxpayers and threaten them with jail, deportation and a loss of property to force payments.
Better Business Bureau president Steve Bernas says scammers have been reported to use a "spoof" number to copy the IRS's real hotline. The group recommends that residents hang up immediately if they receive a scam phone call.
The IRS says it never contacts taxpayers by phone or email asking for money but contacts people only by mail.