Don't fall for it: Scammers using new tactics to get money

Published On: Apr 14 2014 08:51:03 PM CDT
FactFinder 12 Don't Fall For It

Scammers have been targeting victims over the phone, using any tactic to get money and personal information.  

The IRS has a warning as the tax deadline season comes to a close. It involves reports of aggressive phone scams in the last several months, and likely won't end with the end of filing season.
The scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. Immigrants are frequently targeted and threatened with deportations, arrest or having their utilities shut off. Victims are told they owe money that they must pay immediately. Scammers may also be able to recite the last four digits of your social security number.

The agency said they never ask for credit car numbers over the phone, they will always send taxpayers written notification of any tax due by mail.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, report the incident to the treasury inspector general for tax administration and the federal trade commission by calling  1.800.366.4484.

Westar Energy said someone has also been targeting Wichita businesses.

The scammer calls the business, telling them they're behind on the utility bill. Payment is requested over a Green dot card.

At least one business has lost $500 in this scam.
Westar says businesses can call to verify account details if the call seems suspicious. The customer service number is 1-800-383-1183.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says scammers are calling homeowners about their septic tanks.

The caller says they're from the Lyon County Health Department, and that the owner's septic tank isn't meeting standards. The resident is urged to pay as much as $500.
The sheriff's department says the caller is not associated with the health department, and the health department does not call asking for money.

Victims are asked to report the scam to the Lyon County Sheriff's Department.
Factfinder 12 reminds you to never give personal or account information over the phone.