If you don't know about this actual IRS scam, you should be aware that it is really happening throughout the US, so you should know what you can and should do to report such incidents if they happen to you or someone you know. This fraudulent "robo" call came through to our voice mail even though we subscribe to NOMOROBO
through TWC. Obviously, the "robo" call intercept service does not work when such calls originate live.
Below is a transcribed version of an actual phone message left on our TWC voicemail system recently. While I was unsuccessful reporting this through the IRS online pages, I did find this email address for making such reports: firstname.lastname@example.orgHere is the scammers actual message:
"This is officer _____ from internal revenue services. We have been trying to
reach you. This call is an official final notice call from internal revenue
services. The reason of the call is to inform you that we have filed a
lawsuit against you. For more information call immediately our department
number 347-478-5055. I repeat 347-478-5055." - TWCNote the following related story
▶ goo.gl/v4kkraHere is the IRS page on this topic
Now, yesterday, I became aware of a real victim of the scam who actually would have wired $7200 to the scammers except that he called the bank to successfully stop and rescind the wire transfer, after realizing the scam an hour or two later. In this specific IRS scam alone, $2 million has been bilked from more than 1,500 victims, people not aware of the scam and innocents who trusted strangers too much. Obviously, banks should not act on such suspicious requests without at least a 72-hour hold on transfer requests. All must understand that the IRS does not conduct business this way! Beware and be aware!