The IRS is warning people of scammers pretending to be part of their agency and attempting to target parents and students as the new school year begins.
Impersonators are calling people and demanding they wire money immediately for a "Federal Student Tax" or be reported to the police, according to the IRS.
The issue? A "Federal Student Tax" does not exist.
The IRS says there are some easy ways to tell the difference between them and the bad guys:
- The IRS will never demand immediate payment through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
- The IRS will generally mail you a bill first if you owe money.
- The IRS won't demand you pay taxes without letting you question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
If you think you're dealing with a scammer don't give them any of your information and hang-up right away. You can also report them to the Treasury Inspector General.