Tax Scammers are Calling – Just Hang Up!
Here in Colorado Springs our area code (719) was heavily targeted by tax scammers using phones and fear to extort money from consumers. The scammers are claiming to be an agent from the U.S. Treasury or the IRS, and they may attempt to confirm with you your name and address. The “agent” will tell you that you owe several thousands to the IRS… money that you can pay now over the phone. If you chose not to pay over the phone, you will be either arrested immediately or subpoenaed to appear in court.
The #1 thing to know is that the IRS will not call you! Notifications from the IRS are typically sent through USPS mail. Second, if you truly owed the IRS a large sum of money, it is more likely that they would freeze your assets and/or would intercept your tax returns.
Two of our colleagues here at Styles Checks were recently targeted in the tax phone call scam. Here are their stories, along with the phone numbers that appeared on their caller ID:
“An investigator from the U.S. Treasury left a message on my phone today… the number that appeared on my caller ID was (760) 582-3038. When I called back, the person took my name then put me on hold to check my file. He comes back on the line, tells me his name is Jerry Jackson, badge number is 126734, and that he is calling to inform me that there is a warrant out for my arrest because of tax evasion and tax deficiency. He claims to have records from 2012 that show I owe a balance of $3945.40 that I need to pay or will be arrested. Knowing it was a scam, I asked him for a case number. He hung up on me.” – Sam
Heather had a message left from “Kevin Mason” who stated that, if she ignored the call, she would need to “appear before a magistrate judge or a grand jury for a Federal criminal offense.” He gave the number to call as (903) 493-6095, which is the same number that appeared on her caller ID.
Here is the message scammers left for Heather:
A final example of this phone scam ended up involving 12 police cars surrounding a man’s home. When he went to the bank out of fear of going to jail, the bank called the scammer who was threatening to immediately send police to his home to arrest him. Meanwhile, the scammers called the police claiming to be the victim, stating that he “was harming people [and] wanted to kill cops.” Click here to read the entire story.
To learn more about Tax Fraud from the Internal Revenue Service, go to: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Fraud-Alerts.