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Don’t fall victim to scams this tax season

Quincy, IL (WGEM) — Tax season is here and scammers are looking to take your hard-earned money. So, the Better Business Bureau is offering some advice to help protect yourself.

Mara Clingingsmith with the Better Business Bureau said falling for the fake IRS calls could cost you a lot of money that you will never see again, because it’s not traceable. She said there are telling signs are you’re dealing with a scammer.

“In the heat of the moment when we start to panic a little bit, sometimes our common sense doesn’t rule,” said Clingingsmith. “So what we want you to do is to stop and think about it. They’re not going to threaten me and I can’t make a payment over the phone, so if that’s what the person is asking for you’re a confident it’s a scammer and just simply hang up.”

She adds you should always verify with the company that the caller said you owe money to with a verified number, whether it’s a scammer or a real debt collector. Also, never give your personal information to someone who you are not 100% sure who it is.

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