(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

Tax season is just arriving - so the IRS says be careful.

FOX News Radio's Dave Anthony reports:

One of these days your phone could ring and the caller ID will say it's the IRS:

(Phone Recording)

So will the voicemail like Sheila Jennings got in Lakeland, Florida. And when she called back:

(Jennings) "He started getting a little bit assertive and aggressive. He said that he wanted my Social Security Number."

Saying she owed:

(Jennings) "$5,986."

It was all a lie.

The IRS says since October 2013 there have been nearly 300,000 reports of scam phone calls. About 3,000 people have paid and lost money.

So the IRS says know this -- it will always mail a notice first, never call to demand immediate payment, or ask for credit or debit card numbers by phone, nor will agents ever threaten to call the police if you don't pay.

Dave Anthony, FOX News Radio.