NH1 News Investigates IRS Scam Alert: Fake phone calls threatening legal trouble in NH
CONCORD - Reports of IRS phone scams are on the rise and in at least one case, a local woman has been tricked out of $1,500.
Diane Baker of Nashua says she receives 5-6 phone calls each day. The callers claim to be from the IRS and aggressively say the she needs to make a payment or be at risk of legal trouble.
"I can't imagine some little old lady that had just done her taxes and thought, 'Oh! I made a mistake on my tax form,' and falling for this," Baker said.
Baker has not fallen victim to the scam and has reported the calls to the N.H. Attorney General's office.
Residents in East Andover, Derry, Pelham and Stratham have complained of similar calls.
Salem Police put a warning on their Facebook page, telling the public that a woman was convinced to buy $1,500 in iTunes gift cards and then gave the numbers to the scammer. The scammer then asked for an additional $4,000 and the victim called police.
Tips to keep in mind
-The IRS will never contact you by phone
-Never give out information and hang up immediately
-Report unusual calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 1-800-366-4484
-Report to the Federal Trade Commission on FTC.gov
-If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040