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PostSubject: IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam   Wed May 11, 2016 12:16 pm

I received a call from 202-550-2891. When I answered, It was a recorded message with a robotic recording.

“This call is an official final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service.

The reason of this call is that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. Contact us immediately at our department number 2025508807.

”Calling the number provided and the one on caller ID, it goes unanswered then disconnected.Knowing I haven't done anything to warrant an IRS Lawsuit, I checked up on it.

Just thought I would share.  As we all know, DINAR GURUS aren't the only ones scamming people.


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IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail
Other characteristics of this scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
You can reblog the IRS tax scam alert via Tumblr.
Related Item: IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

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PostSubject: Re: IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam   Wed May 11, 2016 12:44 pm

I CAN SAY THIS IS A SCAM THAT HAS BEEN GOING AROUND. A LOT OF MY CLIENTS HAVE GOTTEN SIMILAR CALLS, A FEW SENT THEM MONEY BEFORE CALLING ME, SMH...

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PostSubject: Re: IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam   Wed May 11, 2016 1:04 pm

OH NO!  That is awful!   I did read that if you do get a hold of them, they tell you, you can either pay in court, or they can take your credit card info over the phone. I guess in a panic people just give it to them without checking.  Sad.

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PostSubject: Re: IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam   Wed May 11, 2016 1:49 pm

Yes, one of my cousins mentioned she had also gotten what sounds like the same call the other day. Had her going for a while till she calmed down and called her accountant. She lives in Florida, so it's all over.

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