12/17/2013 9:20 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - West Virginians were warned about phone scammers who posed as agents from the Internal Revenue Service.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said some residents reported calls from someone who pretended to work for the IRS and threatened them with an arrest or other punishment if they didn't pay a certain amount with a pre-paid debit card or money order.
According to the IRS, callers who commit this fraud often used common names, gave fake badge numbers, knew the last four digits of the victim's social security card, sent fake e-mails, and called a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles supporting their claim.
Morrisey said anyone who believed they may have a tax issue should call the IRS directly.