It’s here again–the well-known IRS scam. Many wonder why it keeps popping up?
“Because it works!” says Soulier.
Recently, here at News 5, we’ve gotten a surge of emails and even more phone calls about this scam. The sheriff’s office says they’ve gotten at least 30 calls in the last week
“They scare you to death and say they’re going to come arrest you, they may even know a lot of personal information about you,” says Soulier.
You’ll either get a robo-call like this one…
“The reason of this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you.”
Or an actual person will call you. Either way, this scam is affecting everyone, it even hits home for me. My own grandfather in Florida got the call recently.
“I didn’t know for sure if it was the IRS or if it was some type of a scam. I think it’s terrible of any people who would do that,” says Robert Gilbert.
It’s making such a huge comeback, Detective Soulier changed the message on her answering machine.
“You have reached Detective Laura Soulier with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. If you’re receiving IRS scam calls, you can report them directly to the IRS Investigations at 1-800…”
So, a reminder, the IRS will never call you and demand payment over the phone.
“This is not how businesses work, this is not how business is handled by any agency, by any company, legitimately, at all. Just hang the phone up, don’t talk to these people!” says Soulier.
To report an IRS scam, call IRS Investigations at 1-800-366-4484.