It seems that a day doesn’t go by that we learn of a new twist on the IRS collections scam.  Your BBB® recently received information from the IRS that people who are deaf or hard of hearing are being contacted by IRS scammers.

Here’s the twist that’s being used.  These scammers are using VRS, Video Relay Service to perpetrate this scheme.  The caller contacts the VRS and the person receiving the call conducts a video chat with the victim, and relays the message via sign language.  Of course, the bad guys are looking for payments by gaining your bank account information, credit/debit card numbers, or payments using iTunes cards, or other types of gift cards.  They may even threaten the victim with arrest and jail time, and demand that taxpayers pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

As you may have seen in a recent post, the IRS at some time in the spring will be turning some of their delinquent accounts over to four credit collection companies.  The IRS also states that they will never call before you’ve received correspondence through the mail.

Click here to find out what you can do to avoid this scam.