Las Cruces News: U.S. senator warns New Mexicans of fake IRS calls

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., on Monday warned residents about a phone scam targeting thousands of taxpayers in New Mexico and throughout the country.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, criminals are targeting taxpayers with an aggressive and sophisticated impersonation scam. Callers claim to be IRS employees, often using fake names and caller ID that may make it appear as though their call is from the IRS, according to a news release. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim does not comply, the scammers threaten victims with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. Alternatively, scammers have also offered victims a tax refund as a way to try to trick them into sharing personal information, according to a news release.