Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning Oklahomans of a phone scam that's making its way across the state.
The Attorney General’s Office said it has received a number of complaints from citizens who received phone calls from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS.
The callers use various scare tactics to deceive individuals into providing personal information, or threatening arrest. The scam targets the most vulnerable Oklahomans who may not readily be aware of the IRS’s procedures, according to the AG's office.
“Unfortunately, these scams don’t seem to be slowing down any, instead they are becoming more and more rampant. In fact, I’ve heard from a number of our staff who have received these calls or know someone who has,” said Attorney General Pruitt. “It is vital for Oklahomans to understand the importance of protecting their personal information from the crooks taking part in these scams. One thing to remember is that the IRS will never contact you by phone first, but will send you correspondence in writing.”
Here are some tips to protect you from these types of scams:
If you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to local law enforcement and to the AG’s Office immediately. For more tips from the IRS you can visit their website.
If you have a question about a possible scam, contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Unit at (405)-521-2029, (918)-581-2885, by e-mail at email@example.com or file a complaint online.