Data from AllAreaCodes.com shows telemarketing complaints reported to the FTC significantly increase this time of year. Scammers attempt to take advantage of consumers during the tax season. Reported complaints are 20% higher during tax season as compared with January and February, see the graph below that depicts complaints by month.
Everyone is Targeted, But Some States More than Others
Scammers target just about everyone nowadays, with some states seeing significantly more complaints than others. Nevada tops the list with a reported 2,579 complains per 100,000 people. View the map below which shows the states that report the highest number of complaints.
Tips for Consumers for Dealing with Scam Calls
Scammers attempt to take advantage of consumers around tax time. To be prepared, here is a list of some tips to protect yourself from unwanted telemarketing scam calls.
- Do NOT answer calls from unknown numbers
- Caller ID showing “local” numbers do not necessarily mean it’s a local caller, could be spoofed
- The IRS will NEVER call you to demand immediate payment for taxes
- The IRS will not call you without first sending a bill in the mail
- The IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
- The IRS will not threaten you with the police or lawsuits
- If you suspect a call is a scam, hang up immediately and do NOT give out any personal information and then call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 (this will take a while to get a live person)
You can review the full report, including state and county rankings here: