Tax Scam Part 1

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For my readers in the United States, this tax scam has exploded. Especially since the deadline to file tax returns is approaching. It may turn into an interesting series though.

Submitted: April 01, 2015

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Tax Scam Part 1

 

I recently recieved two threatening phone calls, both from untraceable numbers.  Whoever the person was knew my name and phone number.  The "pitch" is that the caller claims to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), states that you owe money and that they have a warrant for your arrest.  They then leave a callback number which is also untraceable. 

 

After recieving the second message I had a friend call back on his phone claiming to be me.  He read him the riot act, yelling and screaming at him as well as threatening a lawsuit.  The bogus IRS man yelled back "Suck my dick!" then hung up. 

 

The next day I went to the police station and let them hear the voicemails.  They found it amusing but did record it.  I also emailed the real IRS and FBI with the numbers and information.  They believe that most of those calls come from India.  Their goal is to get you to send them pre-paid debit cards or pay them via your credit card.  They also may try to get your information and then use it for identity theft.  A google search of the two numbers revealed multiple complaints with the same "pitch" and script.  When I posted this information on a local neighborhood website a whole bunch of my neighbors reported the same things had happened to them.  The only thing that changes is the bogus IRS agents' name and number. 

 

Believe it or not there are a lot of people who do have warrants and will pay them out of fear of being arrested.  And there are people who genuinely fear the real IRS prosecuring them, taking away business licenses that they need to work, and seizing houses, cars, and other assets.  They will also pay because of this. 

 

The purpose of this story is to warn Booksie readers in the United States about this scam.  If any readers in India can find out just who these scammers are and put them our of business for good they will have my undying gratitude.  The situation has given me an idea for a new writing series, though...............

 


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