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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is encouraging consumers to take extra precaution to avoid being victimized by telemarketing scams involving callers posing as Internal Revenue Service employees.
For several years now, a telephone scam involving criminals impersonating officials with the IRS or the U.S. Department of the Treasury have harmed and harassed thousands of consumers nationwide, Wasden said.
Recently, federal officials said the IRS telephone scam had reached “epidemic” levels and urged taxpayers to be on high alert. In Idaho, Wasden said the number of complaints filed with his Consumer Protection Division clearly show the IRS scam is the leading example of telemarketing fraud statewide.