Reuters reported a couple of days ago about a continuing IRS scam. The incoming call from the scammer goes something like this. First, the ringing phone will show a pseudo IRS caller ID reference, falsely prepping the victim who is about to answer the phone. Once answered, the listener may hear some sort of call-center-type noises in the background, further giving a false credibility to the scammer.
The scammer demands payment from the victim, generally requesting some sort of wire funds to “make right” the supposed debt due to the IRS. The demographic seemingly most victimized by this scam are currently immigrants. Targeting immigrants probably makes sense, given the fact that often there is a communication probably between the scammer and the victim already. Throw in some official language and it’s no wonder immigrants make a perfect target.
After the fake “IRS” phone call, there have been reports of follow-up calls from local police or sheriff’s offices to further legitimize the call. We simply recommend that you please be careful. The IRS will never request a wire, in particular without some sort of official letter already sent thru the postal system.