People in Colorado Still Fall Victim to IRS Scam Calls
This spring I've repeatedly gotten IRS scam calls. It's an icy, recorded voice on the phone demanding that you call and speak to them...or else! One would assume that everyone knows about this scam, but sadly that's not true. 9 News Denver has a related story up on their website and I found it interesting that about 300 people in Colorado have fallen victim to IRS scams. The crux of the story is that the IRS will NEVER CALL YOU.
The IRS has gotten 90,000 complaints about the IRS phone scam. It’s estimated that fraudsters have stolen approximately $5 million from 1,100 victims so far. If you get a call claiming to be from the IRS hang up immediately and report it. I've just been deleting the voicemails, but you may want to be a better citizen than I am. Call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) say that a number of individuals have received unsolicited phone calls from people claiming to be the IRS and demanding immediate payment of taxes via prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often hostile, insisting that taxes are owed and threatening individuals with arrest, deportation, and suspension of a business license or driver’s license.
The TIGTA has gotten 90,000 complaints about the IRS phone scam. It’s estimated that fraudsters have stolen approximately $5 million from 1,100 victims so far.