For almost three years now American taxpayers have been heavily bombarded by fraudulent IRS impersonation telephone scams. Victims have reported loses totaling $47 million during that span according to Christopher Thyer, U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Thyer along with Gary Smith, deputy special agent in charge, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for the Mid-States Field Division are warning taxpayers about an aggressive IRS impersonation telephone scam.

For almost three years now American taxpayers have been heavily bombarded by fraudulent IRS impersonation telephone scams. Victims have reported loses totaling $47 million during that span according to Christopher Thyer, U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Thyer along with Gary Smith, deputy special agent in charge, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for the Mid-States Field Division are warning taxpayers about an aggressive IRS impersonation telephone scam.

"Since October 2013, American taxpayers have been subjected to unprecedented attempts to fraudulently obtain money by individuals impersonating IRS employees," stated Thyer.

Smith reported that during this time more than 1.6 million impersonation calls were reported to the TIGTA. Over 8,600 victims reported losses of almost $47 million.

"Victimizing taxpayers by impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees is a serious crime," commented Smith. "TIGTA and our law enforcement partners will do everything within our power to ensure those involved in the impersonation of IRS employees are prosecuted to fullest extent of the law."

"My office takes these crimes very seriously," added Thyer. "Those involved in the impersonation of IRS officers will be held accountable, and my office will aggressively pursue and prosecute those individuals committing these crimes against innocent taxpayers when we find them."

Smith encouraged those who believe they have received a phony IRS call to immediately notify TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484.

A complaint can be filed online at TIGTA's website,www.tigta.gov.

Thyer and Smith reminded the public to please remember that you should never provide any personal information to callers, particularly if you are not sure of their identity. Also, never give out personal information to any response to emails from unsolicited email sources.