LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – It’s a familiar scam but it is picking up in intensity as the deadline to pay taxes draws nearer.
The FBI tells 6 News today that the Lansing office is receiving multiple complaints daily by people who say they have been called by someone demanding money and claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
According to investigators the callers are told they owe between $1500 and $3000 to the IRS and that amount must be paid immediately.
The twist on the scam is that the callers are told to check out information provided by the caller to verify that it is, in fact, the IRS calling.
The phone number that shows up on caller ID is a working FBI number so it will match if searching an online verification source.
Callers tell their would-be victims to provide financial information for a transfer out of an account.
According to the FBI the scammers are targeting MSU student and many have already be victimized.
If you have received one of these calls you can report it by going online at the US Treasury site and clicking on the red “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” button.
The FBI also reminds people that the IRS would not require a specific payment method such as a MoneyPak card or wire transfer and would not call to demand payment.