(CNBC) — Tax season is one of the busiest times of the year for scammers.
Let’s face it: Filing your income tax is time-consuming and confusing, and scammers play off of the uncertainty that comes along with it. And since no one wants to get on the bad side of the Internal Revenue Service, when you get a call from the “IRS” and they talk about “fraud,” “police,” “back taxes” and “arrests,” it tends to get your attention. It’s that fear that drives the tax-season scammers.
With that said, there are a string of phone scams taking place, asking people to make payments for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection and utility bills.