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Beware the IRS phone scam

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To the Editor:

I’m not one of those who are big on Halloween, but we did get quite a scare the other day.

Thursday, we received a robo-call from the “Internal Revenue Services” informing us that it was their last attempt to contact us regarding the IRS’s lawsuit against us.

I must admit that when I heard the message on the answering machine, my heart beat kicked up and my blood pressure soared. However, once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I realized first of all, the real IRS would most like do an audit before announcing a lawsuit – and we would have been served a subpoena; secondly they have our phone number (since THEY called us!), while the real IRS has our mailing address courtesy of my quarterly tax payments; and finally, the IRS’s name is actually the “Internal Revenue Service,” not “Services.”

Just to be on the safe side, since I’m not a lawyer, I recorded the message from the answering machine onto my cell phone and then contacted our lawyers. The lawyer called back promptly and assured me it was a scam, but she said that many people are just so frightened, they end up losing money to these scammers. If the IRS is trying to contact you, they will do it via the mail. She said it was critically important not to respond. Don’t call them, don’t try to deal with them at all. Just delete the message and go about your business.

So heads up: Don’t let the scammers catch you unaware.

Sharon Soltes

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One response to “Beware the IRS phone scam”

  1. Suzanne

    Wow. A definite community service by letting us know about this heinous way to take money from honest people. I got my first “Windows Technical Services” call yesterday, also a scam, and told them I knew it was a scam, I would not be listening to what they had to say and take me off of their list. I hung up quickly (too many spy programs – slight hysteria. Can they trace this call?)

    I will be on the look out and thank you for your vigilance in reporting this.

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