According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the ‘IRS Imposter Scam’ was the number one scam reported in 2015. In the midst of tax season, the phone scam is continuing at a rapid rate and is being called one of the largest phone scams the IRS has ever seen.
Shanna Liedel spoke to Fox 6 Now regarding a call she received from someone claiming he was with the IRS. “He just said there was some fraudulent activity regarding my taxes between 2009 and 2013. I filed my own taxes for one of those years so I was like OK, did I make a mistake?” Liedel said.
“They knew my address and they said they would come and arrest me. I guess if they knew my address and that I owned my home, I assumed they knew where I worked. I could just imagine being handcuffed at my job and forced to leave,” Liedel said.
Liedel said a friend at work saved her from the scam. Her friend told her to look up the number because she thought it was fake. When the numbers didn’t match the IRS number on their website, she hung up.
The Better Business Bureau reveals these type of scams escalate during tax season. Here are a few tips if you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS:
- The IRS will not ask for financial information over the phone or via email. Any contact will be through direct mail.
- If you are asked for personal or financial information by someone claiming to be an IRS employee, hang up.
- Report the incident immediately.
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