Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal investigator says fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail time as part of a huge nationwide scam.

A deputy inspector general for the agency says more than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse since October 2013. He says they have been duped out of a total of $15.5 million.

In testimony before Congress Thursday, Timothy Camus said it is the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency. Camus said people in every state have been targeted.

He said two people in Florida have been arrested. They were accused of being part of a scam that involved people in call centers in India contacting U.S. taxpayers and pretending to be IRS agents.

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2 thoughts on “Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

  1. Reblogged this on staysafemysoldier and commented:
    MY DAUGHTER HAVE BEEN RECEIVING THESE PHONE CALLED WHICH STARTED ON SATURDAY. THERE WAS A RECORED MESSAGE THAT WAS LEFT FOR HER, SHE IN TURN CALL THE NUMBER BACK AND LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE UNAWARE OF THE SCAM. THE RECORED MESSAGE WAS THAT SHE HAD NUMEROUS CRIMINAL CHARGES PENDING AGANIST HER BY THE IRS. SHE IN TURN CALLED THE NUMBER BACK AND THE CALL WAS PICKED UP BY SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE AN OFFICER. HE CONFIRMED THAT YES THERE WERE SEVERAL CHARGES PENDING AGANIST HER, SHE STATED TO HIM THAT SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT AND HE SHOULD CONFIRM THE INFORMATION HE WAS LOOKING AT TO HER. HIS RESPONSE TO HER WAS AM SURPRISE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT AM TALKING ABOUT AND IF SHE DON’T BELIEVE HIM THE POLICE WILL BE KNOCKING ON HER DOOR IN 90 MINS.

    I ASSURED HER THAT THIS IS A SCAM AFTER SEEING THE NEWS PROGRAM ABOUT THIS SCAM. I AM VERY FORTUNATE THAT SHE WAS SMART TO ASK QUESTIONS AND THEN MAKE THAT CALL TO ME SO I CAN PUT HER MIND AT EASE.

    I DO HOPE THAT SOMEONE CAN LEARN FROM OUR EXPERIENCE WE RESIDE IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND..TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

    FROM A CONCERN MOM

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