Get Your Tax Facts

| Working | June 11, 2015

(I got a call on my cell phone from a person with a strong Indian accent on a line with noticeable static.)

Scammer: “Hello, is this [My Name]?”

Me: “Yes. What can I do for you?”

Scammer: “This is Agent [Scammer] from the IRS, I am calling to tell you that you owe a significant amount in taxes for the last year and if you do not pay as soon as possible, you may be arrested.”

Me: “I don’t think—”

Scammer: *interrupting* “In fact, there is already a warrant out for your arrest. Do you have a pen and paper? Your case number is [long code including both numbers and letters]. Did you get that?”

Me: “Yes, but—”

Scammer: *interrupting again* “We can take a partial payment today and set up a plan so that no arrest needs to be made. You do owe a large amount to the government.”

(Finally he paused enough for me to speak.)

Me: “That seems highly unlikely.”

Scammer: “Oh, why is that?”

Me: “Because my taxes were filed by a professional and as I am unemployed, I had almost no income last year.”

(There was no further response and he hung up immediately.)

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