"I received the same type of call saying that this was Sam Johnson from the IRS. Sam had thick India accent and there were lots of voices in the background like he was in a boiler room scam operation. He said he was calling from the Washington DC office, obviously not based on caller ID when I reversed the call. Also received the beep, beep, beep when I called back. He said we owe the IRS $4,000 for unpaid taxes from 2008-2012 and the IRS was going to seize my house and cars, etc if we don't pay up. First any IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail, first giveaway. Second, they do not ask for personal data over the phone. Fortunately for me I am a CPA so I played with this guy's mind and he finally got frustrated and hung up. Unfortunately, most people take these scams seriously. To combat these thieves and clowns please note the following suggestions:
The IRS offered these tips for anyone getting a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
--If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue -- if there really is such an issue.
--If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
--If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
--The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail to request personal or financial information, nor does it ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
--Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in a potentially bogus IRS message. Instead, forward the e-mail to email@example.com.
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