IRS Phone Scam – Don’t Fall For It

IRS Phone ScamI finally got the call…the IRS Phone Scam call that is.

I saw a number from Washington, D.C. on my mobile and decided not to answer it, the voicemail that was left made it clear I was in a lot of trouble with the IRS and I need to call them back right away. Fortunately I’m pretty skeptical and up on the latest scams as well as actual IRS procedures, so I knew the voicemail was part of a fraud.

I reported the call, but I have a recording and a transcript that I thought you might be interested in hearing:

Audio

Transcript:

“This is officer Alex Watson calling from the Legal Department off Internal Revenue Service. This is in reference to a criminal lawsuit file against you. Your case number is CH94436. The moment you receive this message I need you or your retained attorney off records to return the call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My phone number is 202-795-1580. Do not-this(?) this message and do return the call. Now if you don’t return the call and I don’t hear from your attorney either then the only thing I can do is wish you a good luck as the situation unfolds on you.”

For more information on this scam, goto the following website: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2015-01_home.htm

Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MPAS, AIF

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3 thoughts on “IRS Phone Scam – Don’t Fall For It”

  1. I received the exact same message a few minutes ago, though it was truncated at the beginning and picked up at “your case #”, proving that it is an automated message. Highly entertaining.

  2. I received this same message this afternoon with the same case number but with a different phone number (202-629-9309). This recording was a female voice and no name was given.

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