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New scam targeting callers for fake 'federal student tax'

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A new tax-related scam is targeting Oregonians trying to collect money for a fake federal student tax.

The Oregon Department of Revenue said the scammers will call and threaten a person to try to get them to send money immediately, either by wire transfer or making a payment on an iTunes gift card or other prepaid card.

The IRS has some tips for people to protect themselves from tax-related scams:

  • Don't talk to callers that are badgering, threatening, or trying to make you do something immediately. If you owe taxes or other debt, call the agency to which it's owed at their published phone number to talk about the situation. 
  • Revenue will only call you about money you owe after at least one notice has been sent by mail. If you receive a bill in the mail, contact Revenue as soon as you can to discuss payment. 
  • Check consumer protection resources, like the Department of Justice's webpage at www.doj.state.or.us/consumer and the IRS' scam tracker at www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts, so you're aware of the types of scams happening and can better detect a scam if you become a target.

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