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Tax Scam Reports in Eastern Iowa
CORALVILLE (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
Coralville police say they're receiving more reports of a telephone tax scam.
CBS 2 News first told you about the scam last month.
The IRS says the scam targets taxpayers, especially recent immigrants.
A caller claims to be an IRS agent and says the victim owes money.
The victim is told to repay the money using a preloaded debit card or a wire transfer.
If the victim refuses, the caller threatens to arrest or deport them or suspend his or her drivers license.
The scammer uses a fake name and fake IRS badge number.
The caller has found a way to make caller IDs show the number as the IRS toll-free line.
To appear more legitimate, the scammer may also send a fake email or recite part of the victim's social security number.
After threatening the victim, the caller may hang up. A second scammer may later call the victim, pretending to be from the local police department or DMV.
Officials say to hang up on these calls.
You can call the IRS toll free number if you think you actually owe money.