NEW TWIST TO IRS PHONE SCAM
SPOOFERS MIMIC IRS PHONE NUMBER
In this scam scenario, the taxpayer receives a phone call from a scammer impersonating the IRS and informs you that a balance is due the IRS and that the caller is prepared to process the payment over the phone. In some instances, the scammer is calling a parent informing him/her that their child owes the IRS. Keep in mind that scammers know much about you due to Facebook and other social media venues.
Assuming you are aware of such scams, you share your reluctance with the caller to provide your banking information. Here is the new twist! The scammer (criminal) uses telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to lure victims into paying nonexistent tax bills. The criminals have programmed their computers to display the TAC telephone number and claim to be calling from a local TAC office. To convince taxpayers, scammers would further direct them to a page on IRS.gov to verify the local TAC office telephone number and hang up and then call back a second time, therefore faking the Caller ID to appear to be the IRS office calling. After the taxpayer has “verified” the call number, the fraudsters would resume their demands for money.
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