Zanesville, Ohio- Ohio Attorney General , Mike DeWine, stopped by Zanesville today.
DeWine visited Zanesville to warn people of the increase of IRS scams seen during tax season.
“Every year we see more and more of these IRS scams and here is how it works. You get a call and the people say I’m from the IRS you owe the IRS money and of course you say no I don’t and they just keep hammering you and we have a warrant out for your arrest if you don’t pay it or we are going to reposes your car, house, all kinds of things.”
DeWine explains the scam involves sending money through gift cards or a wire transfer.
“The scam is they want you to go buy a green dot card or one of these cards and then they read the number off to them and then of course they can drain that right out of that card immediately. The other way to do it is to wire transfer money to them but their whole idea is they scare you to death by saying they are the IRS. They are not the IRS at all, that’s not what the IRS does.”
DeWine notes once the money is transferred, there is little that can be done to retrieve it.