It’s a Scam…


Yesterday…I came home to find a message on my answering machine… from a woman who identified herself as Nicole Brown…of…the…IRS…a suit was being filed against me…I should call…866-978-6292…immediately…or face further legal action…

I called back…a man answered the phone…IRS…I said I received a message to call here but I think it may be a mistake…without asking for any information…he assured me…it was not a mistake…then…he called my name…and said I was being sued by the IRS…for taxes owed over a four year period…

Thankfully…at that point…Bertha…took over the conversation…challenging him…as to why I hadn’t had previous notice…he said they had sent a Federal Agent to my house but I wasn’t at home…

When she explained…that I had filed through an accountant…and that all my taxes were paid…he assured me that a thorough investigation had been completed and that I had been found to be fraudulent in my taxes…

He was totally intimidating…and…accusing in his tone and words…especially when…Bertha…said that the whole deal smacked of fraud…at which point…he very angrily stated…then…fine…I’ll send an officer to arrest you…

Bertha…said…fine…send him…and hung up the phone…

Then I called my accountant and left a message…Googled the number…and found that it is a scam…a very big scam…that is happening on a large scale…in fact…when I called the IRS hotline to report it…they said that their message line was filled due to the large volume of calls…and…to please use the form on their website to report it…

Thankfully…I never got engaged with him enough for him to ask for any personal information…they already had my name…but…he was so intimidating…and…just the thoughts of being in trouble with…THE…IRS…is totally intimidating…that it would have been easy to fall into his trap…

Helpful information…the IRS does not make that kind of phone call…the IRS sends snail mail…the IRS would never ask for personal information over the phone…

If you have questions or need to report a scam…go to http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/

Better yet…if you get a call like this…hand the phone to…Berthashe’ll sick a flamingo on them in a heartbeat…

Jane

 

 

2 thoughts on “It’s a Scam…

  1. I get so many of those scam calls that now I enjoy them. I play a game with someone to see how many minutes I can keep them on the phone. Only, after their first question I am in control of the conversation. Just a few minutes ago, I got a call from a stranger who knew my name and asked how I was. Then he proceeded to ask if I had any medical problems. I said no. Then he asked if I was on a breathing machine. I said if I was on a breathing machine wouldn’t that be for a medical problem? I asked him to explain how it would not be a medical problem. When he tried to change the subject I kept asking him over and over to please repeat what he had just said to me. The scalawag hung up on me in less than a minute and I was having fun. They always hang up on me and put me on their do not call list. Darn it!

    • Mary…I think I’m gonna make up a scam call…just so I can hear you in action! I love that they hang up on you and put you on their no call list…priceless! 😉

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