I didn't get taken by this, it was a far too pathetic attempt at a scam, but I'll put it out as a warning to everyone else. There are automated systems calling phone numbers telling you that the IRS has a lawsuit pending against you and to call back right away to get it dealt with.
They called me twice yesterday, and then once this morning at 6:30 before I was even out of bed. I was bored yesterday and called back to have fun. This morning, the call at 6:30 before I was fully awake pissed me off. I had my morning commute today to call back, it was on.
Let's go through some of the details:
1. They had me call a Fort Lauderdale area code to get in touch with IRS offices in Washington DC.
2. The people you talk to have thick, THICK accents from India, so bad you can barely understand them. When asked for their names, I got Ray Benson, Mike Wang, and other similar names that are inconsistent. I work with several people from India, with an accent like that, you may be first-generation American, but you won't have an American name yet.
3. The VOIP connection that they use to put you in touch with the call center in India is pathetically bad. You can hear other people in the background, sometimes it just breaks up entirely.
4. They tell you that the IRS has a lawsuit against you. The IRS doesn't file lawsuits, they file claims. They'll garnish your wages, or do any of a thousand other things to get money from you, but a lawsuit isn't one of them.
5. They threaten you with sending out an arrest warrant if you don't take care of this right now. If it's a lawsuit, why is there a threat of an arrest warrant? Is it criminal charges?
6. They give conflicting reports of what years they have audited (since when does the IRS conduct an audit without notifying you?) and also the amount that you owe.
7. They want you to stay on the phone while you take care of payment RIGHT NOW! If you don't do it in the next hour, they're releasing the arrest warrant (gasp!).
I could hardly keep from laughing at how pathetic the attempt was. I had them hang up on me more than once when they realized I knew it was a scam, so I called back (long commute and I was pissed off at them).
Be warned that these people are trying this crap, though it's a joke. If you get a phone call, report it to the Treasury Department at: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/conta...ort_scam.shtml so that they get shut down ASAP.
If anyone is bored and wants to have fun, I'll happily post the phone number!