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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