- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s attorney general is warning about a new twist on the traditional “IRS scam.”

Peter Kilmartin says scam artists usually call and claim taxpayers owe back taxes and threaten arrest, driver’s license suspension or even deportation if payment is not made immediately.

Until now, Kilmartin says the scam artists usually wouldn’t leave a message if no one answered the phone and would move on.

But he says the scam artists have now created a sophisticated network of phone calls and return phone numbers to fool people. He says they’re leaving messages telling people to call them back immediately.

He says they’re aggressive and may call multiple times.

Kilmartin says the IRS generally contacts people by mail first and won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

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