If the IRS is calling about your taxes, the person on the other end is likely not who they say they are.
NBCRightNow.com - If the IRS is calling about your taxes, the person on the other end is likely not who they say they are. NBC Right Now is digging up the details about some post tax season scammers who are fishing for your private information.
If the caller says they are from the Internal Revenue Service and they want to discuss your taxes, you can hang up right there. That is exactly how one local man caught the scammers before he even gave them the time of day.
"Normally I don't pick up my phone on numbers I don't recognize," explained Roy Rosalez who caught the scam before he was made a victim.
Not answering is the first defense. If you do not answer an unknown call, they can't try to lure you in. Lately scammers have been getting their victims after they make them think they already know their names and even the last four digits of their social security numbers.
"It's ridiculous. If anybody knows that they owe money to them, the IRS is going to send a correspondence to them through the United States Postal Service."
Rosalez was right. NBC Right Now called a spokesperson, who explained to us that the IRS is not going to call you to talk taxes. Rosalez knew that so he went straight to the IRS web site and reported his call. After further research he found plenty of other people had that same phone conversation.
"Everything that I was saying is everything that other people were saying. A certain individual called, they tell them they were part of the IRS or part of a debt collecting company."
Comments on the IRS web site even listed the same name of the fake IRS caller. The IRS has seen it's share of scammers, and their web site has an entire section of tools that can help you spot the new and different ways strangers are trying to steal your identity.
" I was trying not to laugh, telling him that he's not from the IRS, the IRS doesn't call, I don't owe money to the IRS and I'm not going to go over my paperwork with somebody that I don't even know."
In this case, because Rosalez was informed and could spot the holes in the scammer's story, he kept his information to himself.
"That's between me, myself and I and the IRS and not them."
If you get a call that sounds like a similar scam, it is important to report it. Those tips can sometimes lead to catching the scammers. You can find the proper way to report scams to the IRS on their web site here: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing