Tax Scammers Upping the ante on Tax Scams with Robocalls

Published On: 7th August 2014

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Robocalls have become a new way in which tax scammers dupe their victims. Just four months after the largest tax scam of its come, the IRS imposter telephone scam has now taken a completely new route in order to scam people.

The fraudsters are continuing to pose as IRS agents or agents with the U.S. Treasury Department in “live calls” that threaten people with deportation or arrest, along with serious property loss, loss of business, license revocation, and other losses. In addition to the live calls, the scammers have incorporated robocalls to make themselves seem legitimate.

Regardless of the type of call that is used, the story is more or less the same: scammers allege with abusive language that the person receiving the telephone call owes the IRS money in back taxes. If the person does not pay up, then the person is threatened with extreme action if a Green Dot MoneyPak is not used to pay the debt. Wire transfer and debit cards are also considered acceptable forms of payment to the scammers. In other words, the scammers are requesting that people pay with payment methods the IRS does not accept.

Still, this is a scam that is rather convincing and it is intimidating. The threats appear authentic and there are many incoming calls that fool the recipients. For instance, the caller ID displays the IRS toll-free number.

One clue that you are being scammed is the fact that the fraudulent representatives have foreign accents, but they use common American names and have badge numbers. They use names, such as John White and Jason Smith.

What is very alarming is their ability to cite the last four digits of the social security numbers of their targets. Officials do not know how the fraudsters obtained the information they have for the scam.

If a person hangs up on them, then they will receive a follow-up email containing threats or another telephone call where the same fraudster or another one uses a different name and poses as law enforcement, threatening arrest for failure to pay the money.

One IRS agent said that around 60,000 people have been contacted by the scammers and some folks lost in excess of $10,000 to them.

So if you are contacted by them, hang up on them and report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. They are very familiar with the scam and had issued a recent warning about it. If an email is received from someone saying they are from the IRS or Treasury Department, the email should be forwarded to, but no links or attachments should ever be clicked in these emails because malware can be released onto the computer. If you are someone who really owes taxes, then you should call the IRS yourself rather than respond to robocalls. Plus, the IRS only sends correspondence through the postal mail.

Also know that the IRS never seeks payment through wire transfer or debit card, but scammers will try to get individuals to pay them through those methods because the transactions are hard to trace and can be redeemed anywhere. This is in addition to the fact the IRS never requests credit card payments via the telephone.