Expect even more robocalls over the next 2 weeks in Michigan

Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 10:00:22-04

(WXYZ) — A new study shows that Michigan consumers rank 11th for the most at-risk states for robocall tax scams from now through April 28.

The study analyzed 15 million consumer complaints released by the FTC from 2016 to 2018 and found Michigan has 1,982 Federal Trade Commission complaints per 100,000 people.

Their analysis revealed phone scams will peak the week of April 15-21.

Consumers should keep in mind that the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Call about an unexpected refund.

See the full study here.