A New Twist on a Popular Scam

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The Alabama Attorney General’s office has become an unwitting victim of the insidious impostor scam. Con artists are calling consumers in Alabama, claiming to be from the Office of the Alabama Attorney General. The caller threatens the consumer with arrest if they don’t wire money for a bogus fine.

Sound familiar? Yes, this is this just like the IRS Imposter Scam that has been around for a long time. Scammers adapt quickly to try to keep consumers off guard. Keep in mind that if the AG’s office has a problem you, they would contact you by letter – not by telephone or email. If you ever received a call threatening you with arrest unless you pay up – just hang up. It’s a scam.

What to do if you receive any of these calls:

  • Don’t wire any money. The Attorney General, IRS, U.S. Treasury or U.S. Marshall’s office will not ask for payment of taxes or penalties over the phone, especially by money order, wire transfer or prepaid debit card.
  • Just hang up and don’t call back. It is tempting to get the last word, but you may end up giving scammers information they can use later.
  • Never give out your personal information. Caller ID spoofing makes it very easy for callers to pretend to be someone else. Scammers have also posed as immigration authorities and representatives of utilities companies. Be very skeptical of anyone who calls asking for money or personal information.
  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

For more details on how to respond to a variety of scams related to the IRS, go to Report Phishing and Online Scams.

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to bbb.org.

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