When these people call they are very convincing. They have a Washington phone number and they can cite your financial history down to the very penny. They would tell you you’re under investigation, and you’re in danger of losing your home, or even go to jail unless you pay on the spot.
Federal authorities say it’s the largest IRS impersonation scam they have ever seen. They cheated victims out of $15 million or more since it began in 2013.
Timothy Camus, the deputy inspector general for investigations with the Treasury Department said “They have information that only the Internal Revenue Service would know about you.”
The thieves used identity theft technology and successfully victimized more than 3,000 people in the past two years. These cases are only numbers that were documented and the true number might be higher.