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IRS Phone Scam Still Going Strong - Katy and Everywhere

IRS Phone Scam Still Going Strong - Katy and Everywhere

 

Our friend found an automated message on his home answering machine the other day here in Katy TX. The recording said this is the Internal Revenue Services and you owe back taxes of a large sum. If these taxes, interest and penalties are not paid immediately the Internal Revenue Services will take drastic actions. Our friend knew right away this is nothing but a scam. Note the caller message stated  “Services” and not “Service”! The IRS will never add an “S” to the end of its name!



He called the number the scammers left on his machine with their phony message. A voice with a very heavy accent answered using the”Services” name once again. The sound in the background sounded like a boiler room or telemarketer call center. Our friend asked what office did this individual work at and what was his IRS identification number. The caller told him Washington which he did not pronounce correctly and gave a ID number with zeros and sevens. The probability of this being even close to a legitimate ID number is none!  Our friend hung up on them after some other comments. What a joke!

 

I have written about this topic in the past. The IRS will NEVER call someone on the phone and demand immediate payment or any payment at all. The IRS will send out via mail an official notice of back taxes owed but even these notices do not demand immediate payment and give the taxpayer the opportunity to dispute the claim of taxes owed or errors made in a filed return creating a tax liability.

 

I feel confident folks reading this post or my prior posts concerning IRS scams will not fall for this nonsense. What I want folks to do is spread the word to folks who might get scared and pay these scam artists. These thieves prey heavily on Senior citizens and other folks who might be too busy to pay attention to scam alerts or are just very gullible. Tell your friends about this scam and ask them to tell others. Inform especially Senior citizen family members as well as non-family member Seniors about this scam.  

 

I just found some stats regarding this issue. During Feb 2016 the IRS estimated over 869,000 phony calls have been received and over 5,000 victims made payment to these crooks since 2013. My own guess is these numbers are probably are on the low side. The crooks are still very active which tells me way too many innocent victims are still falling for this total nonsense.

 

If you get one of these phone calls report it to the Treasury Department via this link... https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

. This scam can also be passed and has been passed by crooks to the population via E-mail.

 

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IRS Phone Scam Still Going Strong - Katy and Everywhere

 

 

 

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