Police raids in India cut down IRS imposter calls

Over the last few years, we’ve warned about a lot of imposter scams. In one of the most common types, callers pretending to be from the IRS demand payments and threaten to arrest people.

Last fall, we mentioned raids on illegal telemarketing operations by the police in India. After that, the US Department of Justice indicted dozens of scammers who also were impersonating the IRS. After those actions, the number of IRS imposter scams reported to the FTC plummeted. On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a behind-the-scenes look at the call centers and the raids that took them down. It’s a great reminder that scammers are organized, and they’re really good liars.

Here are four things that can help you avoid telephone scammers:

  1. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the IRS call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill. If you get a live or pre-recorded call claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment right away, hang up. If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, you can call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 to explore your options.
  2. Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make caller ID look like anyone is calling: the IRS, a business or government office…even your own phone number. If they tell you to pay money for any reason, or ask for your financial account numbers, hang up.  If you think the caller might be legitimate, call back to a number you know is genuine – not the number the caller gave you.
  3. Hang up on robocalls. If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal.
  4. Talk to someone. Before you give up money or information, talk to someone you trust. Scammers want you to make decisions in a hurry. Slow down, check out the story, search online – or just tell a friend.
Tagged with: imposter, IRS, scam

Comments

Keep up the vigilance, just yesterday I received a robo call and a call from someone wanting me to press 1, to receive more calls from them! I hung up on them

Good job! Keep up the good work!

Someone did the same irs scam. There number is 617-993-6861. I told him I was a police officer and he was recorded. He continued with the lie then he said I caught him. I recorded conversation and plan on turning it in for evidence to a federal agent who needs this evidence

Received a threatening phone call today from an IRS imposter. He informed me that I was going to jail if I did not pay. I have called the number back to confirm it is not a robot. I think the Indian government missed a house. The number that called me: (305)396-2939

I had same people call me yesterday threatened me had me having a anxiety attack so bad I couldn't breath

Please be advised that someone under the name scarborough RSC. the phone # are 210-736-3080 @ 941-379-1954 is constantly harassing people over the phone, even calling after 9 pm on daily basis.

Keep up the vigilance, just yesterday I received a robo call and a call from someone wanting me to press 1, to receive more calls from them! I hung up on them!!

It's gotten so I no longer answer my phone, unless it's someone I know. So much for the "Do Not Call" registry. I joined it when it first started. It stopped them for a bit. Now, it seems like the list is more like a registry the companies use to obtain phone numbers.

Last Thursday, I received a phone call from a number that raised my eyebrows more than usual: 1-800-555-1212. Pretty tricky attempt. I did not answer, so I have no idea who it was.

Now, if someone could stop Home Source from snail mailing and calling. They even leave messages on my voice mail. Since they're so active, it seems like someone could shut them up or down.83 Never done business with them.

I know what you mean. I said the same thing. funny HOW YOU HIT THE BLOCKED CALL BUTTON AND STILL GET CALLS FROM THE SAME NUMBER. WHO ARE THESE PPL?

what my wife and I do when we receive calls about our computers. We keep them on the line and keep finding out what is really wrong with our machines and catch them on things they say that are completely wrong. Sometimes I say 'hi "what his, her name is" I work for the same company you do. I did not know we were suppose to call each other' I then wait to see what they say. it is normally a CLICK BUSS when they hang up. LOL

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