As the federal tax filing deadline approaches, tax-related scams are heating up.

In one popular scheme, people impersonating IRS agents call taxpayers, claim they owe taxes, and demand immediate payment using a prepaid debit card or a wire transfer. Those who refuse are threatened with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license. The callers can manipulate caller ID to make it look like they are calling from an IRS phone number; in some cases they know the last four digits of the taxpayer's Social Security number.

“These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively threatening you to make an immediate payment.”

Source: IRS Consumer Alert, MAR 14, 2016