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.

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