Scam IRS Calls — an Update
A few weeks ago, I blogged about a bogus company making bogus calls to people with (and without) tax problems.
And the IRS, below, just recently published some guidance about some of the tricks the scammers have been using, including spoofing real IRS and local police department phone numbers to appear on recipient’s caller IDs.
But before I get to that, our own clients have been getting these calls and we’ve been warning them they might.
So this story comes from one of our clients who decided to get a little creative.
“So these guys from wherever left a message on my home phone machine telling me I had to pay my IRS bill or I would go to prison. So I called back from a different number so they couldn’t tell it was me. So I said ‘yeah I owe you guys $532,430 and I figured I better pay before you arrest me. Only one question, where do I send the check? To Kansas City?’
And then the guy goes ‘Oh no sir, what we will need to do is get your credit card number.’
And then I said ‘my credit card number? What kind of credit card has a limit of $532,430?’
And then the guy stutters for a reason. And then I say ‘hey what happening there? Just how stupid are you people at the IRS? I’m trying to pay you the $532,430 I owe and you morons can’t even tell me to where to send the check?’
And then the guy say ‘We need a valid credit card in US dollars.’
And so then I yell back ‘In US dollars? Well, what the else was I going to pay you with? Italian Lire? What the hell is this? I don’t think you guys are from the IRS at all. Just what the hell scam are you morons running?’
So this really bugged the guy and got under his skin. So he said — no kidding — to me ‘Actually sir I am a pimp, sir. I am a pimp and I pimp your wife and daughter to the world. And I make a lot of money pimping them.’
So I started laughing out loud, and said ‘o.k., o.k., buddy, I’m just going to report your number to the FBI.’
And then he yelled to the rest of his boiler room and and he said ‘guy — this idiot is going to report us to the FBI.’ And then he said to me ‘the FBI doesn’t care about us. They have other things to do.’
And so I called the FBI, They said to call the FTC. I figure if they call again, there’s other ways to tweak them.”
Now here comes the official warning from the IRS, which unfortunately includes no swarmy anecdote: