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Con­sumer Protection

We protect Texas consumers by accepting complaints, filing civil cases in the public interest and educating Texans on how to spot and avoid possible scams.

Government Imposter / IRS / Tax Scams

If in doubt, call that agency yourself using a reputable phone number.

More About Tax Scams

Don’t Fall For It

Now that tax season is over, scammers may call pretending to be the IRS, claiming you owe money and must pay by gift card or money transfer or be sent directly to jail.

The IRS will not ask you to pay in this manner. If you think you may owe them money you can contact the IRS on your own.

The same caution applies if another government agency calls you, even if they say something positive like you have won a government grant.

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Spot & Avoid Scams

Scammers often use the same techniques again and again. Learn the signs of a potential scam so you can avoid becoming a victim.

Mailboxes filled with junk mail

Spam

Spam or unsolicited communications comes in many forms — email, phone, mail, etc. But there are ways you can reduce spam communications.

An elderly woman giving her credit card information to a scammer on the phone

Protect the Elderly

Texas seniors are a prime target for abuse, neglect, and financial scams. If you want to learn more, or a loved one has fallen victim, there's information available.

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