Tax time is here and so are the scammers! Beware before you file your tax returns, take extra caution, and avoid the imposters.

The Federal Trade Commission reports that IRS imposter scams have shot up over the last year. A reported increase of nearly 50,000 complaints.

Here’s what happens: You get a call from a scammer pretending to be with the IRS. The callers says that you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay taxes you owe right now.

You are told that you have to wire the funds or to put the funds on a prepaid debit card.

Often the caller will threaten to deport you or say you’ll lose your driver’s license. Unfortunately some of these scammers already know your Social Security number, and they have a fake caller ID so you think it really is the IRS calling.

Remember, if you send the money, it's as good as gone. Don't be fooled!