Nationwide tax scam unlike any IRS has seen before


by WHAS11

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 6:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There is a nationwide scam this tax season unlike any the Internal Revenue Service has ever seen before.

And it's targeting a whole lot of people here in Kentuckiana.

This is a scam that is so prominent right now that the IRS flew a representative here to Louisville from Michigan earlier this week to simply warn all of us about what to look out for. Luis Garcia, an IRS spokesman, said the bad guys are very sophisticated

"The IRS inspector general has determined this to be the biggest tax scam ever," Garcia said.

Be on the lookout for scam artists using the IRS name. Their phony come-ons are getting more and more convincing because they already have all of your personal information.

They call you identifying themselves as the IRS even providing a badge number and then they identify a tax debt asking for immediate payment.

“And then they ramp it up and turn up the heat and scare people into making immediate payments either to a Green Dot credit card or to a wire transfer," Garcia said.

Seniors and people in immigrant communities are the most common targets. They are threatened with deportation and the loss of driver’s licenses when they don't pay up.

"They also spoof caller ID so when they call you it looks like the IRS is calling you. When they do follow up calls it looks like it's from the local police department, the calls from immigration enforcement look like they're from immigration enforcement so it's very sophisticated," Garcia said.

If you get an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS delete it. That's one of several red flags as are demands of immediate payment and threats.

"[The] IRS no matter what you've seen on TV or in the movies will never ever be rude to you or use threatening language or use vulgar language," Garcia said.

Again the IRS will not send you an e-mail. And if they ever call it will be only be after months and months of mail being sent to your address alerting you of a problem. If you're still unsure, hang up and call the IRS on a number you've looked up yourself.