Troopers issue IRS scam advisory during tax season in Del.

IRS is warning tax payers of a heightened risk of phone scams this time of year.

On Wednesday, authorities issue an advisory regarding a scam where people are receiving calls from individuals posing as the Internal Revenue Service, in Delaware.

Delaware State Police say they are aware of people receiving unsolicited phone call from individuals claiming to be with the IRS. Troopers report that the scam involves a person calling stating that the victim owes money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately.  Police say if the victim refuses to pay,  they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of the driver's license, among other things.

Authorities report that in the most recent incidents, the individuals request the victim sent money in the form of an iTunes card. 

Law enforcement says these individuals target people of all age groups and these incidents are difficult to investigate.

Troopers issue the following tips for people to follow in an effort to avoid falling victim to this scam:

Note that the IRS will never:

-Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill
-Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
-Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card
-Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
-Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

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