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Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS

US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams.  The scammers are cold calling residents and pretending to be from the IRS. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.

The criminals instruct their victims to purchase pre-paid credit cards and call back. When victims call as instructed, the scammers demand the card number and then transfer the pre-paid funds to an offshore account.

These scams are very similar to other phone based scams such as the Outstanding Warrant scam and the Jury Duty scam.

Local news reports:

Another Livonia resident out thousands in IRS phone scam -
Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Livonia residents have been the target of many scams attempting to swindle them out of their money. Police warn those who receive such calls to be wary and err on ...

IRS phone scam targets LI residents - News 12 Long Island
Fri, 14 Nov 2014

A phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the IRS is making a comeback. (November 14, 2014 5:46 PM). A phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the IRS is making a comeback, and L ...

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Last updated: November 16, 2014
First published: November 16, 2014
Curated by Brett M. Christensen
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