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Schneiderman warns of tax scams as deadline approaches

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning taxpayers in New York to beware of various tax scams. With the deadline for filing your 2017 returns now less than a month away, he says such scams become more frequent.

Schneiderman says his office continues to receive complaints about scammers who make calls impersonating IRS agents.

"Never give personal information to persons who call you unsolicited," Schneiderman said. "That includes your social security number, bank account information and credit card numbers. If you owe money, you will receive a legitimate letter in the mail. If you haven't received (one), the call you receive is phony."

Schneiderman says the IRS will never demand payment by gift card or pre-paid card.

Starting this year, Scheiderman says debt collectors representing the IRS may call delinquent taxpayers to collect debts. But he says that will only happen after a detailed letter is sent first.

Schneiderman says anyone suspecting a tax scam should contact his office.