The DMV is making customers aware of a new phone scam.
According to a DMV release, the scammers call customers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and try to collect back taxes via pre-paid card or wire transfer.
The scammers reportedly threaten to take away the customers driver’s license if they do not meet them somewhere with a pre-paid card or wire the money directly.
The release said the scammers try to come across as being legitimate by having the last 4 digits of the victim’s social security number, having caller ID show DMV, a DMV phone number, or an IRS phone number, or sending emails that have the IRS logo in them.
The DMV will use the mail to contacts customers about potential driver’s license suspension or revocation or other actions, not by phone. The IRS usually does not use phone calls either.
According to a recent press release by the IRS, “The IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.”
Customers who receive calls that are suspicious in nature should call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and then report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.