The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony Thursday about the increasing prevalence of tax scams and identity theft, with senior citizens finding themselves especially vulnerable to callers impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration receives between 9,000 and 12,000 reports about such scam calls every week, and to date has received about  366,000 reports of such calls to date, according to Timothy P. Camus, deputy inspector general for investigations at TIGTA.

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