RALEIGH — The phony tax collector scam has a new twist — targeting college students.
North Carolina college students are reporting calls from imposters posing as IRS agents.
They’re demanding that students pay a federal student tax immediately, a tax that doesn’t actually exist. They may claim the tax is connected to student loans and threaten students with arrest or loss of a degree if the student doesn’t pay “right away.”
Several North Carolina students have reported fraudulent tax collector calls to the N.C. Attorney General Office’s Consumer Protection Division, and some have been tricked into paying money. One student recently sent in $500 to the scammers via iTunes gift cards, and others have paid as much as $4,000 through MoneyGram.
Remember: There is no federal student tax, and the real IRS will never demand payment of taxes using gift cards, deposits to strangers’ bank accounts or wire transfers.
If you get one of these IRS scam calls, let the Consumer Protection Division know by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Report:
•The number the call appears to come from (the number that appears on your phone or Caller ID).
•The number you’re told to call to pay taxes or fines.
The Attorney General’s office is working with the IRS and telephone companies to try to identify the source of the calls and stop them, and your complaints can help.