Friday, March 21, 2014

IRS PHONE SCAM- “Largest of its Kind”

Earlier this month I posted an item about the IRS scam going around where scammers would email or phone people, claiming that the recipients owed back taxes to the IRS. The emailer or caller would demand payment through a prepaid credit card. (

This morning, several national and state agencies, including the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, were putting out the word about the phone part of this scam. The AARP Fraud Watch Network also sent out an alert this afternoon.

According to the alert, a caller will call claiming to be an IRS agent and threatening license suspension, arrest or deportation.

And often the scammer will:

           Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.

           Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.

           Send follow-up bogus IRS emails to support their scam.

           Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

As mentioned earlier this month, the IRS will contact you by mail, not by phone, about unpaid taxes.

AARP recommends the following:

If you receive a call from an IRS scammer, hang up. Do not give money or credit card information over the phone. Don’t trust caller who threatens you, insults you, or bullies you.

Report the call to:

  • The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.



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