COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general is warning residents to beware of fraudsters pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service as Wednesday’s tax-filing deadline nears.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says that his office has received more than 100 reports of IRS-related scams in the past week alone.
DeWine said in a news release that many of the scam phone calls originate from out of the state or country.
The scam usually involves an impostor who claims that residents owe money for back taxes or are under investigation for tax fraud. They are then told to call a specific phone number immediately to avoid arrest or legal charges. Then they’re asked to send money to correct the issue.
DeWine is telling residents to also be alert to tax-related identity theft.