A Caledonia woman received a “very aggressive and rather frightening” phone call from a man claiming to be an IRS tax collector.
Sue Schuit called the Caledonia Police after a man who had a foreign accent said she owed the IRS $4,000 and that she hadn’t paid any taxes for five years. Schuit recognized quickly that the call was “totally bogus” and the man was looking for personal information.
The phone call came from (202) 697-9066, a number that many people have received, according to 800notes.com.
“When I wouldn’t give told me he was sending a cop to arrest me immediately!” Schuit said.
Schuit hung up and reported the incident to police.
“They are aware of this but again, the message sounded quite scary and professional until I returned it. Hope no one gives any personal info to these terrible people,” she said. “Thought you might want to give folks the heads up…”
The IRS does not call to demand immediate payment nor does any government agency call about taxes without first sending out a bill. The agency also doesn’t demand payment without giving the entity a chance to question the bill or appeal the amount.
They also don’t:
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.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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