State warns of spoofing scam targeting taxpayers

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD)- Tax season is here, and so is a new scam warning from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The state says scammers are masking their phone numbers so they appear to be coming from the Department of Treasury. In the “spoofing” scheme, the scammer tells the taxpayer they’ve committed tax fraud and threaten arrest if the caller doesn’t pay up.

The suspects try to trick taxpayers into providing enough personal and financial information that they can steal the victim’s identity and swindle them out of money.

The Michigan Department of Treasury said it will not:

  • Demand immediate payment without first mailing you a letter.
  • Require you pay your taxes a certain way (i.e., over the phone with a prepaid debit card.
  • Threaten to call police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying taxes.

More information:Internal Revenue Service – Tax scams

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