The Taxation and Revenue Department of New Mexico is warning New Mexico State University students about phone calls from scammers posing as IRS agents demanding outstanding tax payments.
The scammers have been described as aggressive and threatening students with arrest if they do not agree to pay.
The phone calls have appeared on caller ID as the phone number for the Taxation and Revenue Department, Las Cruces office. However, legitimate phone calls from the Taxation and Revenue Department are scrambled and the call-back number will not appear on caller ID.
“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS, with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, it’s a scam,” says Demesia Padilla, cabinet secretary of the state department. “If you are contacted by these fraudsters, please report it.”
TRD will never:
- Call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Threaten to have you arrested for not paying.
If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service or the Taxation and Revenue Department, and the individual makes unreasonable or suspicious requests upon you, please call the call the 24-hour Tax Fraud Hotline at 1-866-457-6789, or your local Taxation and Revenue office. For additional contact information, please visitwww.tax.newmexico.gov/contact-us.aspx.