SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office would like the public to be aware of an aggressive telephone scam that has been reported by consumers in our county.
Consumers are receiving calls from someone claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service regarding taxes that are past due. The caller states that payment needs to be made immediately and threatens consumers with arrest. The callers are frequently hostile in order to scare potential victims.
For additional information, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom.
As reported by the IRS, characteristics of this scam include:
— Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
— Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of your social security number.
— Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
— Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
— Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
— After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV.
The District Attorney’s Office reminds consumers to guard against phone and email scams. If you receive calls or an email from anyone asking for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card or if you are asked to wire money, stop and consider that this may be scam.
If you have questions, contact the District Attorney’s Office Economic Crime Unit at 781-5856.For the complete article see the 07-09-2014 issue.
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