Pennylvania – As more people begin filing their taxes, more scammers will start calling your phone and pretending to be from the IRS.

Police say that the IRS scams are happening nationwide, but they’re already dealt with dozens of cases this year in just our area. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They might use fake names or bogus IRS identification badge number to sound more legitimate.

The scam artists will call by phone and say that you owe money to the IRS. They demand payment immediately, usually through a wire transfer or pre-paid card, and they might even threaten that to have the victim arrested if they don’t pay. Don’t fall for it.

Remember, the IRS will never call you and demand for payments, even if you actually do owe the IRS money. If it’s a legitimate notice from the IRS, it will come in the mail and will instruct you to call the official IRS number (1-800-829-1040) to take with a real IRS official.

If you get a phone call asking for or demanding money, it is nearly always a scam. Hang up and tell police.