April 9, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s ranking among states most at risk for tax-season robocall scams

Did you know there’s a peak season for scammers making robocalls? Apparently, their busy season is right now, with the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns approaching. AllAreaCodes.com analyzed 15 million consumer complaints made to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016-2018 and, based on consumer complaints about violations of Do-Not-Call rules, ranked the states (and the District of Columbia) for those most at risk for tax-season scams. New Jersey ranked sixth for those annoyances, with 2,333 complaints. The most complaints were from residents of Nevada (2,579) and the least from people in Alaska (549). The Garden State also featured in the top 100 counties for robocall complaints: Monmouth County (22nd), Middlesex County (68th), and Essex County (85th).

The Internal Revenue Service knows well that much of the seasonal robocalling centers on tax returns. It has issued tips on how not to fall into the clutches of scammers trying to impersonate IRS personnel. Tip number one: Know that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, ask for a credit card number over the phone, or threaten people with the police or lawsuits.