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DMV warns of new IRS phone scam

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Division of Motor Vehicles is warning consumers about a new phone scam involving false Internal Revenue Service agents who threaten to revoke a person's driver's license.

According to the DMV, the callers pose as IRS agents attempting to collect back taxes. The callers say the target will lose their driver's license if they do not wire money directly or meet them somewhere with a pre-paid card.

The scammers can appear legitimate by having the last four digits of the victim's Social Security number or change their caller ID to show either an IRS or DMV phone number. Perpetrators can also attempt to reach victims by email.

  In a news release, the DMV said it only contacts customers about potential driver's license suspension or revocation by regular mail, not by phone. The IRS also contacts taxpayers by mail regarding unpaid taxes. The agency also does not ask for pre-paid debit card or wire transfers.

The IRS recommends that anyone who receives suspicious a call or email to contact the agency at 800-829-1040 and then also report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.  

For DMV-related concerns, individuals can contact the agency's call center at 800-642-9066, or visit www.dmv.wv.gov.


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