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Ohio AG warns of tax scams ahead of filing deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - As the deadline to file your taxes looms, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning you about scammers hoping to take advantage of you.

DeWine says so far in March of this year, his office has logged more than 150 tax scams. In January there were 80 and 175 in February. DeWine says as it gets closer to the filing deadline more scams pop up, "what we want people to remember is that if callers are threatening you, saying you have to pay immediately, or saying they’re going to put you in jail, it’s not the IRS," said DeWine.

The AG's office says the most common scam that's reported is where the called poses as the IRS and tells the victim he or she is in trouble and has to call a certain number to avoid legal action. Other scams involve victims being told they owe back taxes or have unfiled returns.

DeWine says you should never trust callers who threaten you, never make payments over the phone and don't respond to robocalls. You should also not rely on your caller ID, scammers can make it appear that they're calling from a local number.

If you think you're being contacted by a scam artist, you can call the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515 or report it online.

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