DeWine warns against IRS scam

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging people not to fall victim to what he says it yet another attempt by criminals overseas to get their money.

During a visit to our studio Tuesday morning, DeWine said his office has received hundreds of complaints from Ohioans who have been called or emailed by people posing as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the residents owe money or face arrest.

The Attorney General said those behind the calls and emails are preying on people’s fears.

“These con artists count on a certain percentage of people who will be so scared, so nervous, about what they think is getting a call from the IRS, they will do anything to get rid of that pain,” DeWine said.

He said his consumer complaint unit is investigating, but said these cases are very difficult to prosecute and warns that once money is sent, it is probably gone for good.

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