IRS warns consumers of largest phone scam ever - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

IRS warns consumers of largest phone scam ever

(CNN) – If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, be suspicious.

Federal authorities are spreading the word about what they're calling the largest nationwide phone scam ever.

Officials say more than $1 million has been stolen from thousands of unsuspecting people.

The calls involve an IRS impostor who will tell you that you owe taxes that must be paid with a prepaid debit care or wire transfer.

Authorities say the scammers threaten arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license for those who don't pay up.

According to the U.S. Inspector General, real IRS officials typically reach out by mail first, rather than by phone, and don't demand immediate payment by debit card, credit card or wire transfer.

The IRS asks anyone who has received one of the phony calls to report it.

The say they've gotten more than $20,000 reports of scam calls.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • One person arrested, narcotics seized in "significant" Jones County drug trafficking bust

    One person arrested, narcotics seized in "significant" Jones County drug trafficking bust

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:45 PM EST2017-11-22 19:45:59 GMT
    Patrick Newell. SOURCE: JCSDPatrick Newell. SOURCE: JCSD
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department made a significant narcotics arrest and recovery in an ongoing investigation of a large drug trafficking organization.  Deputies arrested Jermaine Antonio "Tony" Newell on during a Nov. 15 traffic stop on Highway 28, just west of Soso. From the traffic stop and search of several residences, investigators recovered over two pounds of heroin, approximately 220 pounds of high-grade marijuana, over 100 ecstasy pills and other pill...More >>
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department made a significant narcotics arrest and recovery in an ongoing investigation of a large drug trafficking organization.  Deputies arrested Jermaine Antonio "Tony" Newell on during a Nov. 15 traffic stop on Highway 28, just west of Soso. From the traffic stop and search of several residences, investigators recovered over two pounds of heroin, approximately 220 pounds of high-grade marijuana, over 100 ecstasy pills and other pill...More >>
  • Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

    Appeals court affirms sentence of Hattiesburg man convicted of child sex crime

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:19 PM EST2017-11-22 19:19:38 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network
    A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions. After Holder provided a false add...More >>
    A Hattiesburg man convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes must serve the remainder of his prison sentence after his denied motion for post-conviction release was affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Thomas Holder pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections in 2016, but the entire sentence was suspended subject to Holder's good behavior and compliance with certain conditions. After Holder provided a false add...More >>
  • Internationally acclaimed organist to rededicate Poplarville organ

    Internationally acclaimed organist to rededicate Poplarville organ

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-22 19:01:23 GMT
    An internationally acclaimed organist and author will perform at a Poplarville church.  Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore, pastor of Poplarville First United Methodist Church, announced that Dr. Eileen Morris Guenther will be in recital at the church on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., where she will rededicate the church's 1975 Rueter pipe organ.  Guenther is a lecturer in Organ at The George Washington University and also serves as Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary....More >>
    An internationally acclaimed organist and author will perform at a Poplarville church.  Rev. Dr. Eric Pridmore, pastor of Poplarville First United Methodist Church, announced that Dr. Eileen Morris Guenther will be in recital at the church on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., where she will rededicate the church's 1975 Rueter pipe organ.  Guenther is a lecturer in Organ at The George Washington University and also serves as Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary....More >>
Powered by Frankly