Have you had a call from the “IRS” telling you owe a large amount of money and need to make payment immediately? If you haven’t there’s a good chance you know someone who has. It’s one of the most widespread scams going on right now. And since so many people are downright terrified of the IRS, these criminals are seeing an alarming number of people fall for their scams.
Over the last year we have had several clients receive these fake calls. Each time, we have tried to call the number back and record the conversation, but the numbers go out of order very quickly and we hadn’t been able to make it happen. But last week we finally got to one of these scammers quickly enough and made it happen. We intentionally went along with the scam for as long as possible to see exactly what happens. The end result was kind of hilarious as I took it to the extremes at the end, but it was a great lesson to learn what exactly these people ask for and what calls like this sound like.
Have a listen below for a lesson and a good laugh.
While it was fun to expose these fools and the end result was hilarious, the topic is still very serious and something many Americans are falling victim too. Especially the elderly who may not know any better. So please, share this info on this scam with your friends and family, especially older ones. And here are some tips the IRS gives to identify fraudulent calls claiming to be them.
Does the person on the line do any of the following?
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If so, you are most likely looking at a scam. Immediately hang up and call the IRS directly to confirm the information.
If any of you get a similar call, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to get yours on tape as well!