With the tax season rapidly approaching, it is extremely important for taxpayers to be vigilant. According to the Internal Revenue Service, scammers are targeting recent immigrants with threats of arrest and deportation if the money demanded is not paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Generally, these scammers use common names to identify themselves and are able to recite the last four digits of the victim's Social Security Number.
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to such a scam, the Internal Revenue Service encourages you to contact them directly. You should also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If you receive one of these calls and do not owe taxes, you should immediately report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.