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

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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. 
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