A rash of bogus phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be IRS agents and demanding money has prompted the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to release a statement denouncing these fake calls.
The scam is apparently nationwide according to a DATCP press release. And many Wisconsin taxpayers in recent weeks have received calls with a fake caller ID number representing the Milwaukee Department of Revenue.
“Caller ID spoofing is a common characteristic in many phone scams because it allows scammers to misrepresent who they are, who they represent and what number they are actually calling from,” said Frank Frassetto, Administrator for DATCP’s Division of Trade and Consumer Protection.
Frassetto says no one should trust their caller ID when the call concerns sensitive financial information.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) only contacts taxpayers by mail, said DOR Secretary Richard Chandler.
“Any phone call or email from someone claiming to be the DOR should be an immediate red flag. Do not give these fraudsters any information,” he said.
The scammers have made threats against people tax liabilities and demanding immediate payment. Some have been asked to make payments using Amazon and iTtunes gift cards, wire transfers, Paypal and prepaid debit or MoneyPak cards.
“Any phone call or email from someone claiming to be the DOR should be an immediate red flag,” Chandler said. “Do not give these fraudsters any information.”