Every week there seems to be a new scam that folks have to be on the lookout for, and this week is no exception.
According to The Blaze, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cautioning citizens about a strange fraud scheme where fake IRS agents call people up and try to intimidate them into paying sham tax liens.
Apparently, the mock-IRS agents are going so far as to threaten people with arrests.
Don’t buy it. In fact, if you get a call from 202-609-7070 – don’t even bother picking up the phone.
Fox2Now has been on top of this story from the beginning, and they report that the scam call usually follows this general pattern: The person on the other end of the line has a heavy accent, they say you owe the IRS a certain amount of money and they insist that if you don’t pay immediately you will be arrested.
According to Fox2Now, the IRS believes roughly 1,000 people have lost approximately $5 million as a result of garbage like this.
Here are some things to watch out for if you get a suspicious call from the “IRS” (via The Blaze):
• 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.