People posing to be the IRS are calling area citizens threatening to freeze bank accounts , seize property and more, unless the person pays-up.  DON'T DO IT or give them any information.  This is a scam.  KPLC-TV reports the Southwest Louisiana's Better Business Bureau has received hundreds of complaints in recent weeks about the IRS call scam.

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana Again, this is an old scam that's resurfacing to claim new victims. So, it's important to know the facts.  Below are a few tips to keep in mind:

    • Call you demanding immediate payment or call you without first sending you a bill in the mail.


  • Ask you to pay a certain way, such as with a prepaid debit card



  • Nor will IRS ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone



  • Threaten to send someone to arrest you.



For more details about the IRS, click here.  KPLC-TV reports the BBB's, Carmen Million, said their office has been inundated with calls about the scam. She said the problem is, some people pay because they're afraid.  She warns,

 "You cannot be arrested for debt you owe. I mean, if you were arrested for debt you owe, we'd all be in jail. The reason this scam works is they're using a well known name — the IRS — and they're basing it on fear. And they're scaring people into making payments and then, they feel like they'll make the payment now, and I will check on it. The best thing to do is don't fall into this trap, contact the Better Business Bureau."

Ironically this was the #1 scam of 2015!  For more details call (337) 478-6253 or
Toll Free at 800-542-7085. Below check out the Top 10 scams the BBB wants consumers to know about.  To learn more about what to do to protect yourself from scams click here.

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