IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has issued a warning for a phone scam targeting American taxpayers, in which individuals fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials call demanding payment for fake tax liens.
The scammers usually call from a cloned number with a District of Columbia code (202 area code). The number 202-609-7070 has been frequent in complaints in the month of September.
The phoney agent, who usually has a heavy accent, will call or leave a voicemail saying the potential prey owes money to the IRS, and if it isn't paid immediately, they will be under arrest soon.
"According to this caller (who's [sic] words I understood slightly better), I was the subject of IRS fraud investigation from my paid income taxes" one man commented on a forum. "After I persisted in knowing why he called and asked what he thought he could do for me, he became very aggressive."
The IRS says they have received 95,000 complaints to date about that scam, and about 2,000 people have lost an estimated $7 million from the fraud.
J. Koskinen from IRS commented: “However people have to remember that the Internal Revenue Service will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official IRS correspondence sent through the regular US mail,". "A large red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from these folks who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment.
This is not how we operate. People have to hang up immediately and phone to the IRS.”
If you have got a call that you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS warns you call 1-800-366-4484 to report this call.
For additional info on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit www.irs.gov.