SCAM ALERT: "Alexander Hamilton" Phishing For "IRS Money You Owe - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

SCAM ALERT: "Alexander Hamilton" Phishing For "IRS Money You Owe"

Posted: Updated:
Once again people are phishing for your money by pretending to work for the U.S. government. Once again people are phishing for your money by pretending to work for the U.S. government.
NBCRightNow.com - Once again people are phishing for your money by pretending to work for the U.S. government.

These scammers are getting smarter. Their tactics are to use fear to get you to cough up the dough.

Jean DiVincenzo was too smart for this scam. The Pasco man received a call this week from a man with a heavy foreign accent claiming to be from the IRS. He told DiVincenzo that after an audit of some of his paperwork they had found he committed fraud and owed the government close to $4,000.

The scary thing is the number the scammer called with even had a Washington D.C. area code. What tipped DiVincenzo off was when the man told him if he didn't cooperate there would be immediate consequences.

"I told him, I said 'I need some documentation.' He said, 'well if you insist on having documentation we'll send it to your house within 45 minutes along with an arrest warrant.' I said, 'I think you're crazy,'" explained DiVincenzo.

The IRS makes it clear on a phishing prevention page of their web site that they will never call you about these types of issues with your taxes. When DiVincenzo called his accountant he found out there had been a handful of other locals who got the same calls. The number is also already registered with the IRS as an impostor.

Here's the best part. The scammer decided he needed an American name so he goes by “Alexander Hamilton”. Even the local IRS office said that one is a first. 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Yakima approves emergency proclamation ahead of landslide

    Yakima approves emergency proclamation ahead of landslide

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:08 AM EST2018-01-18 14:08:43 GMT

    YAKIMA, Wash. - A city in central Washington state issued an emergency proclamation in response to a mass of rock and soil crawling down a ridge that officials say could turn into a landslide. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution for city officials to request state or federal assistance should the city require help in responding to the effects of about 4 million cubic yards.

    More >>

    YAKIMA, Wash. - A city in central Washington state issued an emergency proclamation in response to a mass of rock and soil crawling down a ridge that officials say could turn into a landslide. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution for city officials to request state or federal assistance should the city require help in responding to the effects of about 4 million cubic yards.

    More >>
  • 17-year-old dies of hypothermia in Blaine County

    17-year-old dies of hypothermia in Blaine County

    Friday, January 12 2018 9:10 PM EST2018-01-13 02:10:57 GMT

    A 17-year-old male was found dead in a field near Highway 2 Thursday morning.

    More >>

    A 17-year-old male was found dead in a field near Highway 2 Thursday morning.

    More >>
  • Spokane Valley firefighters save lives with pit crew CPR

    Spokane Valley firefighters save lives with pit crew CPR

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 8:22 PM EST2018-01-10 01:22:46 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Every second counts when it comes to a cardiac arrest emergency. Spokane Valley Firefighters are taking advantage of every second with a different approach to CPR. It’s called Pit Crew CPR and requires all hands on deck. Each team member has a roll; one to do compressions, another to ventilate, another to medicate and others to help assist. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Every second counts when it comes to a cardiac arrest emergency. Spokane Valley Firefighters are taking advantage of every second with a different approach to CPR. It’s called Pit Crew CPR and requires all hands on deck. Each team member has a roll; one to do compressions, another to ventilate, another to medicate and others to help assist. 

    More >>