Scammers target consumers as tax deadline looms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As the April 15 tax deadline looms, the New York State Tax Department is warning consumers about phone calls and e-mails purportedly from their office or the IRS.

Officials say scammers are threatening New Yorkers with fines, arrests, deportation, license revocation or other penalties for a false claim of unpaid taxes.

The IRS and State Tax Department always make first contact by letter with a phone number for the consumer to contact the agency, and neither will request personal information by e-mail or with a link in an e-mail.

If you come across fraudulent activity, call the State Tax Department at 518-457-0578. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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