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If your boss hasn’t handed out the W-2s yet…time is about to run out.

Tax forms must be delivered…or at least post marked…by tomorrow, January 31st.

But it is past tax years that are troubling some Arkansans.

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a fraud alert in response to hundreds of complaints about threatening phone calls.

Several viewers who have received one of these scam phone calls have called our Help-Line to help warn you.

If you aren’t thinking of your taxes, you will be soon. And even if you don’t fear the IRS, you might fear doing something wrong unintentionally.

Scam artists know taxes will be on your mind and know you might fear the IRS…which helps explain the scam phone calls that many Americans have been getting, including many Arkansans.

The IRS has issued a fraud alert about a “…sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers…”

The caller will warn you that you have an old “…IRS debt…” that must be “…paid promptly…”

Payment must be made with a “…pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.”

And failure to pay will result in your “…arrest, deportation, or suspension of driver’s/business license.”

Other characteristics of the scam include a “202” area code to spoof caller ID, bogus emails sent to support the bogus calls, threats and hostility, and they may be able to recite the last four digits of your social security number.

If you get such a call and would like to check it out or report it, call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484.

Air date: January 30th, 2014

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