KUSA - No matter the time of year, law enforcement officials say scammers never seem to take a break. That includes tax season and there are a number of scams revolving around taxes, which are now making the rounds in Colorado.
One potential scam came in a message left on Jim Bynum's home phone.
"It sounded fishy," he said. "But then I'm thinking, 'he's from the IRS."
The voice on the other end of the line claimed Bynum owed the IRS $10,000.
"You're thinking: 'okay, could be.' I mean, we just did W-9s and all of that stuff," Bynum said. "He referred to a time period of 2001-2011, so you're thinking that's just far enough back, that you don't exactly know whatever it is."
Suspicious, Bynum checked the IRS website, then conferred with an attorney. Turns out, it was a scam.
"What we are seeing is more tax fraud than we have in the past," said Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Fraud with the Denver District Attorney's Office. "And what I mean by tax fraud is scammers are looking for ways to capture your identity, in lots of different ways."
Her advice: be wary. If it sounds suspicious, double-check with the agency or business the person claims to be calling or emailing from and don't give out personal information over the phone or email.
In the end, Bynum was lucky: he asked questions and avoided getting scammed. He's still angry, though.
"It just bugs me-- like 'get a job,' you know, is what I kept thinking," he said.
The IRS has sent a list of what it calls "the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams." That list can be found here
If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam, there are several local and state fraud hotlines you can contact.
Fraud hotline numbers:
Denver District Attorney's Fraud Hotline – 720-913-9179
Colorado Attorney General – 800-222-4444
IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit-- 800-908-4490
Federal Trade Commission—877-ID-Theft
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