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Old 2014-09-09, 18:42   #1
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Default IRS Phone Scam

I got this IRS tax scam phone call today. I think I'm on the list of phone scam targets - I recently reported getting the Microsoft Error Report Scam..

I was busy downstairs and monitored a call on my line that went "This message is for SWMBO. This is Charles Davenport of the Internal Revenue Service. The very second you receive this call I want you or your attorney to call me immediately, My number is 202-241-2597."

I finished downstairs and went upstairs to consult with SWMBO. She shushed me and said "I'm in the midst of this incredible scam call." She summarized the situation from her notes - we were being investigated for tax fraud, it was willful violation of tax laws, an arrest warrant would be issued in 30 minutes, it was a non-bailable offense, but we could suspend all of this by wiring $3,648 to show good intent. We were pretty sure it was fraud, but the threatened consequences were so frightening that we spent a while being sure. In retrospect, we should have searched the internet for "tax scam phone call" while we had him on the line. Afterward we filed a report online . We found the 800 number before we found the online site, but it warned of long waits because of the large number of reports being made.
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