This message via Pat Frank is circulating in Hillsborough County offices, please read and share.  
Pat, thanks for the call and I appreciate your tenacity when contacted by these IRS Agent impersonators.  I am providing you the website setup by our Inspector General’s office to report incidents of this scheme, so please forward this message to your colleagues, friends and family. 
Per our discussion, this scheme has been occurring for several months now.  In March of 2014, the Treasury Inspector General urged taxpayers to heed warnings about the sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, noting that the scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every State in the country.  Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.  If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.
The callers who commit this fraud often:
·       Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
·       Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
·       Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
·       Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
·       Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.
IRS and the Treasury Inspector General encourage taxpayers to be alert for phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS name.  Again, the IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media.
I hope this information helps.
Take care.
Jim Robnett
Special Agent in Charge
IRS-Criminal Investigation
Tampa Field Office
9450 Koger Blvd., Ste. 101
St. Petersburg, FL  33702
(O) 727-568-2552
(C) 865-207-6345
 

 

 

 

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