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IRS Warns New Jersey Residents of Telephone Scam

People who believe they have been victims of the scam are asked to fill out an FTC Complaint Assistant form.

Photo be Deman via Flickr.com
Photo be Deman via Flickr.com
While phone scams typically die out after tax-filing season, there is one that is continuing to make rounds.

IRS-Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen of the Newark field office is warning residents of a legitimate-sounding phone scam in which the caller intimidates the victim into making a payment with a pre-loaded debit card or wire service.

Victims are told that they owe money to the IRS. Callers proceed to threaten arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver's license and often become hostile if the victim does not cooperate.

“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” Larsen said in a release.

If you receive a sudden phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, be on the lookout for the following signs:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  •  Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number or a 202 area code (Washington, D.C.) on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  •  Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you receive a call and believe you may owe money, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. A representative at that number will be able to assist you.

If you know you do not owe money, report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or visit the treasury's website.

If you believe you've been a victim of the scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission by visiting its website and filling out the FTC Complaint Assistant form. Include the phrase "IRS telephone scam" in the comments section of the complaint.
Marina July 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM
My son got one of these calls 2 days ago. The Indian accent was a dead give-a-way, my son laughed at the joker and hung up. I taught my kiddies well.
OpticianAndy July 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM
IF U FALL FOR IT U DESERVE TO BE RIPPED OFF
Marynary July 18, 2014 at 09:35 AM
The number of scam calls we ignore daily is not only annoying but frustrating as well. The FCC and no call list is a joke.
doris cofone July 18, 2014 at 07:00 PM
YOU BETTER BELIEVE THE NO CALL LIST IS A JOKE. I'VE REGISTERED ON LINE, CALLED THE REGISTRY NUMBER AND NOW I GET MORE THAN I EVER DID!!!
Juliana Brady July 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't realize this is a scam. Uncle Same will threaten you alright, but they'll do it by jamming up your mailbox with notifications that you owe them that 9 cent's and with interest and penalties you can be sure it will be more like $10.00 in the end if you don't pay it.

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