(WOLF) -- Its happened to many of us sometimes multiple times a day: receiving scam phone calls.
Now that it’s the peak of tax season, its prime time for those scammers and experts are urging taxpayers to be cautious.
According to data from FirstOrion, in 2019 nearly half of all calls to cell phones in the U.S. will be scams.
Many of those scammers claim to be representatives from the IRS and scare taxpayers into thinking they owe money.
They might demand payment without allowing taxpayers to question the charge or appeal.
And could also ask for that payment with a prepaid debit card or simply ask for credit and debit card numbers over the phone.
Others even ask for personal information, like your social security number.
“I think its horrible, I think they should be charged for what they do, and I hope there’s a way we can find to report them and get them in trouble," Blanche Milo, of Shamokin, said.
FOX56’s Jade Jarvis spoke with a tax expert about the steps you can take to protect yourself against these scams.
Learn all that you need to know about those "Tax Thieves" Wednesday at 10 p.m.