Anatomy Of An IRS Phone Scam
By Gordon Schnell and Sarah Poppy Alexander (Published in Think Advisor)
Tax day has come and gone — a huge relief to millions across the country. But for an ever-expanding group of Americans, the reprieve may be short-lived. Most of us remain in the crosshairs of a highly charged campaign to collect back taxes. If you have not yet received one of the menacing telephone calls threatening heavy fines and jail time (or deportation), you are likely to get one soon. The problem is, it is not the federal government that has been or will be calling. It is a collection of criminals masquerading as IRS agents trying to dupe honest taxpayers into paying money they do not owe.
It is a scam the IRS has continually tried to shut down and warn against. But to no avail. The calls keep coming. The fraudsters getting more bold and crafty. The register of victims growing longer and longer — the IRS estimates more than 5,000 since 2013 doling out roughly $30 million in bogus claims. Not to mention the legions of people savvy enough to sidestep the swindle but not before suffering through the threats and bullying so central to the scheme. Click here to read the full article.