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Classified => Scam warning area => : PPScarry February 03, 2016, 05:04:28 PM



: IRS scam
: PPScarry February 03, 2016, 05:04:28 PM
They are back at it. A year or two ago I had a guy with a mid east accent call and said there was a tax warrant against me. I told him where he could get off but he kept calling me a few more times and hung up right away when he heard my voice. The things I said to that "fig eater trying to find reverse in a Russian tank (big Lebowski quote)" is embarrassing and won't get me into heaven.

Let me make it perfectly clear. The IRS DOES NOT call you at home EVER. You have to call them first. Watch out.


: Re: IRS scam
: Cbmarine February 03, 2016, 05:34:27 PM
Got a couple of those calls about six months back. Told him that the IRS doesn't telephone and that I didn't have a tax problem. "The police are coming within 30 minutes to arrest you!".
Scared one of my granddaughters enough for her to call the family in tears thinking that she was in real trouble. Vultures!


: Re: IRS scam
: PPScarry February 04, 2016, 03:01:09 AM
That is upsetting. SOB's!


: Re: IRS scam
: Adrenolin February 07, 2016, 10:56:54 AM
I drove our older neighbor all over the place last year looking for her husband who'd received these calls and threats. Thankfully he hadn't sent any of the money orders  :o


: Re: IRS scam
: topper September 27, 2016, 08:45:52 PM
I just got a call from the IRS today...sort of. The caller ID was a private number! I wanted to call them back, but I didn't have a pen close by to copy the number to call. I wanted to have a little fun. Seeing Cbmarine's post inspired me.


: Re: IRS scam
: Lumspond September 27, 2016, 09:06:43 PM
I received a text today from "Bank of America" indicating my card was put on hold. Click here and follow three easy steps to restore your card. Neither the website or the phone number were associated with BofA. I didnt click it, but i did a search for it.


: Re: IRS scam
: topper September 27, 2016, 09:17:32 PM
I just got a call from the IRS today...sort of. The caller ID was a private number! I wanted to call them back, but I didn't have a pen close by to copy the number to call. I wanted to have a little fun. Seeing Cbmarine's post inspired me.

I got a second call from them. I had pen and paper ready and copied it down. I called back, and when they finally picked up I asked to have my number taken off the call list. After a few moments, she hung up on me! I had so much more to say. I thought there would be more of a fight.


: Re: IRS scam
: SturmRugerSR9 September 27, 2016, 10:47:08 PM
Nobody calls you from the IRS, they must contact you by US Mail. Unless you call them first and request a call back. So if you get a call such as the commenter got (and I have) I just ignore them. If they want me, I'm sure they can find me.


: Re: IRS scam
: CorBon September 27, 2016, 11:02:47 PM
Talking to these people is a waste of time.  Asking to be removed from their list is a waste of time.  These folks are already breaking the law, so they are not interested in your wishes.

Your best defense is currently to continue adding their numbers to your call-block system.

As far as the "bank" callers, or anyone else who you may actually have business with -- if you get receive a call and think that it may be real, call the institution directly.  If your account  has actually been compromised, as soon as you plug in your account number -- they'll most likely already be automatically transferring you to the appropriate department.

A few weeks ago I read an article where people were being asked to pay their IRS bills with iTunes cards.  I guess that I am equally concerned about the amount of people who are making a living scamming others -- AND the amount of people out there who seem to have left their common sense in a shopping cart at the store.


: Re: IRS scam
: Adrenolin September 28, 2016, 02:20:07 AM
Phone calls... nope. I rarely answer my cell phone when it rings and the house phone??? The base is plugged in but I don't think a phone unit has been around in 3-4 years now! All calls to the house line go directly to voicemail which is then emailed to me receivable on my cell, tablet, laptop or PC.

I am a social anti-social individual.  ;D


: Re: IRS scam
: Sinker September 28, 2016, 12:03:29 PM
It's a numbers game, I'm sure.  99.9% of the population won't fall for the scam, but they only need one.  Unfortunately, it's most likely the elderly that will fall for it. 

My mom is 85 and pretty savvy, but no matter what I say she almost always answers the phone, even when the caller ID says 'unavailable' or 'unknown caller.'  She then tries to have a conversation with the caller explaining why she's not interested in whatever they're selling; or in this case scolding them for trying to scam an old lady. 


: Re: IRS scam
: SturmRugerSR9 September 28, 2016, 02:31:42 PM
All of my land line calls go to a answering machine that request you to leave a massage. I may be sitting right next to the phone, but if you leave a message and I recognize you, I will pick up, if not I ignore the call. In most cases the caller does not leave a message and is cut off. I also have an old style flip cell phone that shows the caller. If I can tell who is calling I will answer, if not I don't and will later check the caller's number on the computer at Whitepages.com to see who it was, in most cases it's a scammer.


: Re: IRS scam
: joep19934 September 28, 2016, 08:34:35 PM
I love Comcast caller I.D. on the TV  ;D
If the caller decides not leave a message or I don't recognize it, ( Goggle comes up spam or scam on lookup ) it gets added to the block call list lol......


: Re: IRS scam
: topper September 28, 2016, 09:15:31 PM
Talking to these people is a waste of time.  Asking to be removed from their list is a waste of time.  These folks are already breaking the law, so they are not interested in your wishes.


I believe if they suspect I'm on to them, they aren't going to waste their time on me. I did expect at least a little resistance.  They called twice yesterday. They haven't called back today since our little talk.


: Re: IRS scam
: NormH3 September 28, 2016, 10:35:51 PM
My elderly father got a call from them. When he told them that he was retired from the IRS, they hung up rather quickly. Karma is good.


: Re: IRS scam
: CorBon September 29, 2016, 01:26:43 AM
Talking to these people is a waste of time.  Asking to be removed from their list is a waste of time.  These folks are already breaking the law, so they are not interested in your wishes.


I believe if they suspect I'm on to them, they aren't going to waste their time on me. I did expect at least a little resistance.  They called twice yesterday. They haven't called back today since our little talk.

They only call so many times, because there are so many people to call.  If you don't talk to them, meaning that you don't answer the phone -- they still go away.  And if you get a call the next day, it's very likely a different person, from a different operation in a different location.  There are tons of these people, all using the same methods.  They can't be bothered to think that someone is on to them, because we can't find them -- because they're not shacked up at the local strip mall.


: Re: IRS scam
: TwistedKarma October 05, 2016, 01:36:53 AM
     On another note,   IRS, letter of change of address.
This is sent out, to new and old address if you change it.

   So, 2 copies by their website, if they only change something brilliant.   

Correct?

   So, I only received one copy that my address is changed.

  This means, someone, changed it, and filling a fake Tax return, hoping to get back money.

 I heard this is the latest scam. pay attention to change of address forms.   like I have enough issues .   


: Re: IRS scam
: del elec October 07, 2016, 12:13:36 AM
http://abc27.com/2016/10/06/dozens-arrested-at-india-call-center-linked-to-irs-scam-calls/?cid=facebook_abc27_News


: Re: IRS scam
: SturmRugerSR9 October 07, 2016, 10:56:57 PM
Some times just for s**ts and giggles, when I know the caller is a scam, I answer the phone stating the name of a phony Law Firm. They hang up quick.


: Re: IRS scam
: oldgraygeek October 08, 2016, 12:19:01 AM
My cell phone number has been in the Yellow Pages since 2005, so I get business-to-business telemarketers too... several calls per day at times.
AT&T cell service has a new feature where you can block and report any number with a few taps on the screen. I do it, even though I know reporting them doesn't do much good, just to avoid the next call from that specific number.


: Re: IRS scam
: topper October 11, 2016, 03:22:45 AM
Some times just for s**ts and giggles, when I know the caller is a scam, I answer the phone stating the name of a phony Law Firm. They hang up quick.

I like that. I'll use it.


: Re: IRS scam
: SturmRugerSR9 February 23, 2019, 01:14:29 PM
I understand that there is another IRS scam going around now. Be aware of the fact that the IRS does not call people. they contact people by mail on official letterhead documents and envelopes. So any call from someone purporting too be IRS is a scam.

I also get a lot of calls from (302)-335-xxxx , usually at a rate of 2-5 times a day. I assume they are either scams or people in that exchange are to brilliant to dial a phone correctly.


: Re: IRS scam
: oldgraygeek February 23, 2019, 01:28:46 PM
I understand that there is another IRS scam going around now. Be aware of the fact that the IRS does not call people. they contact people by mail on official letterhead documents and envelopes. So any call from someone purporting too be IRS is a scam.

I also get a lot of calls from (302)-335-xxxx , usually at a rate of 2-5 times a day. I assume they are either scams or people in that exchange are to brilliant to dial a phone correctly.

Many scammers spoof Caller ID with a number in the same exchange as their intended victim, hoping you will think it's from the local area and pick up the call.
The only cure for this will be to make spoofing Caller ID a federal felony, but that will never happen because there's too much money in it...


: Re: IRS scam
: SturmRugerSR9 February 23, 2019, 11:27:49 PM
I have another cure. We never answer the landline phone. All of our calls go to answering machines and services. So most of them just hang up, and the ones that don't just get deleted. People we know will get call backs when we get time.
As far as cell phones, we each have one that is about 15-18 years old, and we don't text, or have voice mail. It works like this. If we want to make a call we just dial the number. If we get a call, we have all our friends and family programmed in so it shows who's calling. If we don't recognize the caller, well, you know what they say. Oh well, sucks to be you.


: Re: IRS scam
: muleman88 February 26, 2019, 01:03:35 AM
I know someone that bought smart phones (not expensive ) and if you donít have the number programmed in the phone the caller has to hit a number to get through . The spoof and robo callers do not get through that way . So it drastically cuts down on phone calls.


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