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IRS Watchdog Warns Of Largest Phone Scam Ever

From the Washington Post:

IRS watchdog warns of ‘largest scam of its kind’ with agency impersonators

By Josh Hicks | March 20, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service watchdog on Thursday warned taxpayers of a sophisticated nationwide phone scheme that has become “the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen.”

Of course, some cynics might say that the IRS itself is ‘the largest scam of its kind ever.’

The plot involves callers claiming to represent the IRS and demanding immediate payments with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Just wait until these same scammers realize they can call people up to dun them for their Obama-Care penalty or proof that they have bought insurance. They will have a field day.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George announced that “thousands of victims” have already paid more than $1 million to fraudsters and that his agency has received more than 20,000 reports of contact.

The callers have used roughly the same scripts to bilk money from taxpayers, suggesting they may be connected, TIGTA officials said in an interview with reporters.

Officials also said the perpetrators often know the last four digits of the victims’ Social Security numbers and threaten arrest, deportation and removal of driver’s licenses — something the IRS is not authorized to do.

Gee, who would scammers get access to Social Security numbers? Unless they are Obama-Care Navigators. (Whom, we all know, were rigorously vetted.)

“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” George said in a statement.

Huh. That sounds like the way the IRS usually works to us.

The callers tend to use common names and fake IRS badge numbers, in addition to manipulating their caller ID to appear more legitimate, according to officials. Some also follow up with false IRS e-mails and phone calls in which they pretend to represent the police or department of motor vehicles officials, TIGTA said…

Still, if you end up ignoring a real IRS agent because of this, don’t expect any mercy.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “IRS Watchdog Warns Of Largest Phone Scam Ever”

  1. Right of the People

    “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” George said in a statement.

    He’s right, they usually don’t call until AFTER they’ve frozen your accounts. The Infernal Revenue Service usually sends a bunch of threatening letters first, calling is too much work but using the merge print feature only takes a few mouse clicks and keystrokes.


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