IRS Scam – Don’t trust calls from these numbers: 415-800-4078 and 415-366-6646!

My new home?

My new home?

Scam alert!  I was chilling at home, minding my own business, enjoying my day off when I get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.  They told me that I owe three thousand dollars from my tax return in 2011 and 2012, that I made a mistake on my taxes and the mistake was revealed during a recent audit.  They tell me that they tried to contact me by letter twice in the past six months and that I never responded.  I have moved a lot since 2011 so I’m thinking that maybe they sent the letter to an old address.  In the back of my head I’m hoping that all this is a scam so I ask “how do I pay the money?”, I figure if they give me a way to do it right there I’ll know it’s bullshit for sure.  They tell me that there is no way for me to pay the money back at this point and that it’s too late.  They tell me that I will be arrested at some point today, that I am facing up to three years in prison and that I need to find a criminal attorney to represent me.  They also inform me that all of my property including my car and bank accounts will be seized to pay what I owe.

It may seem silly that I believed them.  But I did.  I completely freaked out.  They weren’t asking for anything, they just seemed to be informing me that I was in serious trouble.  So many things went through my mind.  Like who was going to take care of Railey while I was being arrested, and would I lose my job, and how was I going to pay the IRS back and pay for an attorney and convince them that I didn’t know I had done anything wrong.  I called my husband as soon as I got off the phone with them and he, ever the voice of reason, was very sure it was a scam and was very sure he didn’t need to come home from work to watch Railey while I went to jail, (all of this seems extremely silly and pretty funny looking back but that is what I wanted him to do).  He told me to send him the phone number and he would investigate.  Once I got off the phone with him I looked up the number online and sure enough it was a scam.  There was even several warnings about it on the IRS website.

Maybe I should have known all along that there was something wrong here but it’s hard to think straight when it seems like your whole world is falling apart right before your eyes.  So be warned, all you trusting or slightly naive members of the human race, there are really awful people out there who will try to take advantage of you!  I’m still not sure what they were after but I’m sure I would never want anyone else to feel the way that I just did.  The number that they called from was 415-800-4078 and they claimed to be Nicky Johnson from the IRS.  Apparently they have made these calls from several different 415 numbers according to scamming websites.  I looked at my call history and it seems i have received calls from the number 415-366-6646 as well.  Don’t be fooled, don’t answer or return a call from these numbers and don’t give out any personal information.  Below is some information from the IRS website specifying some of the things a scammer will do that the IRS never does:

The IRS will never:
Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at http://www.tigta.gov.
If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add &quotIRS Telephone Scam&quot to the comments of your complaint.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

The source of the above info and the place to go to learn more is:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Phone-Scams-Continue-to-be-Serious-Threat-and-Remain-on-IRS-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-for-the-2015-Filing-Season

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