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Over The Phone IRS Tax Scam Ripping People Off

November 2, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to the Daily News, the Internal Revenue Service issued a new alert on Friday, warning that an ongoing scam, where people claiming to be a U.S. tax official are threatening people into believing they owe thousands in unpaid taxes. In some instances they would tell a victim that a refund is coming, and ask for personal information to transfer the funds, even though the filing deadline is six months away.

A North Carolina Baptist minister was just recently victimized. He spent nine hours on the phone with a trickster who conned him out of $16,500.

The Rev. Al Cadenhead of Charlotte got a call this week from a woman who said his tax returns had been audited and there are “serious miscalculations,” the pastor told the Charlotte Observer. There was a warrant out for his arrest, she told him, and the IRS was in the process of putting a lien against his house.

Cadenhead said he panicked and feared his church would be disgraced if he was thrown in jail. He drove around for hours, taking money out of a bank account and purchasing pre-paid Green Dot MoneyPaks, which the fake IRS agent told him was the only form of acceptable payment.

“This scam is so sophisticated and efficient and thorough, you’re in the middle of it before you realize what’s happening,” the 67-year-old preacher said.

According to the IRS, the scam is complex and calculated. The caller ID could even show an actual IRS phone number. The impostor may have the last four digits of your Social Security number, the name of your employer and even your home address.

However the IRS don’t contact people over the phone or send emails regarding personal information. Anyone that has ever dealt with the IRS know that the IRS inquiries are done via regular certified mail.

The IRS urges anyone who has been contacted by a caller portraying themselves to be the IRS to contact the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

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