I‘ve written before that I’ve received several phone calls from someone whose native language wasn’t english claiming to be from the IRS. It was soo obvious to me from the call that this was a scam.
Since that time I’ve received the same call..from various places in the US including New Mexico, California, Rhode Island…all stating he IRS has a warrant for my arrest unless I pay taxes…blah blah blah.
Since today is Tax day I guess these people thought they thought they would try again. Apparently, these criminals have gotten some funding, because now they are using RoboCall. What is funny is even though it’s an electronic voice, it uses the same bad sentence structure of someone whose native language isn’t US English.
Here are TIPS from IRS.gov
Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill in an official IRS Envelope with contact information that you can verify at your local IRS office…
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. Just like with your income taxes they will set up agreed payment options for you.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. It’s a Federal crime..and only the Feds will be involved.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
- If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 (see IRS.gov site). The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
- You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Impostor Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. [See update at top of page.]
Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
Today I got home and there was a message on my caller ID with the ID name of REFUND. It came from (909) 271-0429 which is in California. The person who called had a thick foreign accent, they always seem to have thick foreign accents. The message said that they claimed to be from the IRS and that it was really important and if I didn’t return the call there would be consequences.
- I have to repeat the IRS WILL NOT CALL YOU.
- They will send you an official letter by mail that has all the verifiable information for you.
- The Internal Revenue Service does not use the Caller ID Name Refund.
If you received such a call.
- Do you volunteer or confirm and personal information.
- Hang up.
- Report it: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
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Today my wife called me frantic about me receiving an urgent phone message from the IRS saying they were going to sue me for back taxes. I quickly told her it was a SCAM. The number I was suppose to call was (360) 339-5765. The reason I know was.
- The IRS will notify you by mail.
- And I don’t mean to insult anyone..but IRS Agents don’t talk in broken English
- The IRS does ask you to send money grams or the like to ‘settle’ your debt.
- I get inbound call notifications on my tablet this number came from a PAYPHONE number 718-758-974, which is in New York. The callers claim to be in Washington DC.
To prove this to my wife I did a Google Search and there are tons of video on YouTube about this Scam
Here are two videos you should watch
At the time of this writing it has been estimated by the IRS that at least 366,000 people have reported receiving a similar call, and more than 3,000 of those have been fooled by the scam, giving up a total of $15.5 million. This is of course based on the number of people who have actually reported.
“It is the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the agency,” said Tim Camus, deputy inspector general with the Treasury Department.
For information about this scam and how to handle it …the IRS has set up this page
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