Here in Colorado Springs
our area code (719) was heavily targeted by tax scammers using phones
and fear to extort money from consumers. The scammers are claiming to be an
agent from the U.S. Treasury or the IRS, and they may attempt to confirm with
you your name and address. The “agent” will tell you that you owe several
thousands to the IRS… money that you can pay now over the phone. If you chose
not to pay over the phone, you will be either arrested immediately or
subpoenaed to appear in court.
The #1 thing to know is that the IRS will not call you!
Notifications from the IRS are typically sent through USPS mail. Second, if you
truly owed the IRS a large sum of money, it is more likely that they would
freeze your assets and/or would intercept your tax returns.
Two of our colleagues here at Checks Unlimited were recently targeted in the tax
phone call scam. Here are their stories, along with the phone numbers that
appeared on their caller ID:
“An investigator from the U.S. Treasury left a message on
my phone today… the number that appeared on my caller ID was (760) 582-3038.
When I called back, the person took my name then put me on hold to check my
file. He comes back on the line, tells me his name is Jerry Jackson, badge
number is 126734, and that he is calling to inform me that there is a warrant
out for my arrest because of tax evasion and tax deficiency. He claims to have
records from 2012 that show I owe a balance of $3945.40 that I need to pay or
will be arrested. Knowing it was a scam, I asked him for a case number. He hung
up on me.” - Sam
Heather had a message left from “Kevin Mason” who stated that, if she ignored
the call, she would need to “appear before a magistrate judge or a grand jury
for a Federal criminal offense.” He gave the number to call as (903) 493-6095,
which is the same number that appeared on her caller ID.
A final example of this phone scam ended up involving 12 police cars surrounding
a man’s home. When he went to the bank out of fear of going to jail, the bank
called the scammer who was threatening to immediately send police to his home
to arrest him. Meanwhile, the scammers called the police claiming to be the
victim, stating that he “was harming people [and] wanted to kill cops.”
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To learn more about Tax Fraud from the Internal Revenue Service, go to: