Watch out for new phone scam pretending to be the IRS

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Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that if the IRS or any government agency (federal, state, or local) has something to communicate to you, they use the US Postal Service mail — not the phone or email.

So if the phone rings and the caller says he represents the IRS, hang up.

phone scamGregory Wallace reports for CNN that yesterday, March 20, 2014, federal authorities issued a warning that a nationwide phone scam has stolen $1 million from thousands of unsuspecting people.

An IRS inspector general office said the impostor claims to be an Internal Revenue Service representative and tells “intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.”

The IRS has received more than 20,000 reports about the scam.

J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, called it “the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen.”

According to the inspector general, IRS officials typically first reach out by mail rather than phone, and don’t demand immediate payment by debit card, credit card or wire transfer.

The IRS said people who receive such calls or other suspicious requests should contact the IRS.

Tax-related phone scams are among the “dirty dozen” fraud techniques the IRS warned about earlier this tax season. It also warned of phishing emails, preparer fraud and claims a preparer can offer “free money.”

Of course, IRS phone scam notwithstanding, the Internal Revenue Service itself is just one huge scam. LOL


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0 responses to “Watch out for new phone scam pretending to be the IRS

  1. SMH. 20,000+ people must live in a cave, never read anything, not even a newspaper, nor watch TV-news, because phone-scam warnings of ALL kinds have been exposed for DECADES, long before the internet.

    I hope they were not mostly elderly, but even they should be able to remember from their life experience that Uncle Sam never personally calls you up on the phone. He doesn’t like you that much! 🙂

    Maybe the 20,000+ were mostly illegal aliens who don’t really know yet how Uncle Sam works & so, therefore, were more easily suckered & frightened by “threat[s] [to] those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.” 😉

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  3. If I don’t recognize a number, I don’t answer it. Not because I am afraid of being scammed, but my phone is paid for by me and it is for my use. Why waste your time telling someone you aren’t interested.

  4. Son of the Rabbit People

    I would hang up even if it were the IRS. Or rather, especially if it were the IRS.

  5. Heard of this earlier in the week via radio talk shows . As for your last line of the article Doc , BULLS-EYE ! I read somewhere ( I forget ) that they are a totally separate entity and NOT a gov’t agency . As it was stated in the story , they are nothing more than debt collectors for the int’l banking interests .

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    There are still so many people out there who need to be educated on America and what has worked and what hasn’t worked for us to remain the greatest society on earth. Just want to feel like I’m doing something positive for society in my own way.

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    Let me know what your think. Hope to here from you at your earliest possible convenience.

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    Robert Lagrone

    • Robert,

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  7. You mean the biggest scam they’ve seen since the REAL IRS scam, right?


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