(by Jason Howerton, TheBlaze) -- The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a new phone scam involving fake IRS agents who try to scare callers into paying fake tax liens by claiming they will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately.
The number 202-609-7070 has been listed in several complaints filed in August. The callers are reportedly using other numbers with a Washington, D.C., area code as well.
As KTVI-TV reports, the call usually goes something like this:
The phony agent usually has a heavy accent and tells the victim they owe money to the IRS. They say that if they don’t pay immediately then they will be arrested.
So far, the IRS estimates about 1,000 people have lost roughly $5 million in these kinds of scams. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received 90,000 complains so far.
If you believe you have been targeted by this scam or are in the future, you can report the scammers by calling 1-800-366-4484.