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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

IRS Lawsuit Telephone Call

I just got a Google (GOOGL) Voicemail message from a party that claims to be the IRS and they are going to sue me.  Rather than shake in my boots, I had a laugh and decided to take the opportunity to warn others along with advice on what to do.  

Here is the call transcript 
IRS Internal Revenue Services the reason of this call is to inform you that i rs is filing lawsuit against you to get more information about this case file please call immediately on our department number 202 803 471043 repeat 202 803 471043 thank you
and image of the transcript of the message the caller left:

Note, the IRS says they will ALWAYS send you a letter of any taxes due via U.S. Mail. I had a good laugh and was thankful I now give my Google Voice phone number to most places that require a phone number so if the sites get hacked or they sell the number, the call is intercepted and goes to Voicemail if I don't answer because the caller's number isn't in my Google Contact list.

 From the IRS website "IRS Reiterates Warning of Pervasive Telephone Scam"
The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
What to do: 
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

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