Our office has received many inquiries from clients telling us of suspicious telephone calls from individuals claiming to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. These imposters claim back taxes are due the IRS and try to scam the unsuspecting taxpayer into paying thousands of dollars to satisfy outstanding tax debts. These fraudsters use fear tactics such as “if you don’t pay us within the hour, a sheriff will be at your door to arrest you, your assets will be frozen, a lien will be placed on your house, and your wages will be garnished.” They even go as far as to say “you could hire an attorney, but you know lawyers cost thousands of dollars and you don’t know if you would even win your case.” They further insist that notices regarding the outstanding tax debts were repeatedly sent to the taxpayer, but with no response from the taxpayer. This gives some credence to their deceitful scheme as the IRS does notify taxpayers in writing before other measures are taken.
DON’T FALL PREY TO THIS SCAM!! Never give your bank account number, personal information such as your social security number, or credit card number to anyone claiming to be an IRS agent over the phone. They use phony IRS agent identification numbers, threats, and lies to scare one into accepting their demands.
If you receive one of these phone calls, contact the Attorney General’s office immediately to report the incident.
The attorney general’s office suggests that the best way to fight this scam is to expose it. Share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors to stop this crime. Many have been defrauded already. Be certain this does not happen to you!
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