GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Better Business Bureau offices throughout the state are receiving calls about phony IRS callers.
"We are getting dozens of calls from people who believe they have been contacted by the IRS about a problem with their taxes," said Kevin Hinterberger, president & CEO of the BBB.
The scammers are posing as agents of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. They claim to be calling about a federal criminal matter and threaten an indictment or court appearance, said Hinterberger. These scammers cite alleged unpaid federal taxes and demand payment.
"Something didn't sound right," said Patsy Bunting, of Asheboro, who received two voice mails from the scammers on Wednesday. Bunting knew it was scam because the IRS doesn't call or email tax payers only communicates through the U.S. mail. "A lot of it is the elderly being targeted and some do fall for it."
The IRS prefers to communicate by letter, which provides a paper trail to document their work, and they will never demand immediate payment by debit cards, the BBB said in a statement.
"People need to know that they are not in trouble and they should just hang up, don't talk to these people," said Hinterberger.
More than 700 reports of similar scams have been filed with the N.C. attorney general.