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Don't let scammers get away with your tax refund and leave you owing the IRS

"If you get a deposit that you're not expecting, you need to call your tax professional or call the real IRS at the number you look up, not the number that someone is calling you from," Kevin Huston, of Blue Ridge Tax Advisors, said. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Local tax experts said it is a new scam. Criminals gain access to your personal information and inflate the numbers in a fake tax return. You get the wrong refund from the IRS.

Scammers pretending to be the IRS call you and demand the money back. They hope you'll send the money in fear of getting in trouble with the government.

If you do, you'll also be on the hook for the money when the real IRS demands the money back.

"If you get a deposit that you're not expecting, you need to call your tax professional or call the real IRS at the number you look up, not the number that someone is calling you from," Kevin Huston, of Blue Ridge Tax Advisors, said. "The IRS generally doesn't call you, first, to tell you you owe. The IRS generally sends a series of letters if you really owe."

Tax experts said,many times, the stolen money is wired overseas and never recovered.

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