Most people dread a call from the IRS. They think that they owe more money in taxes. But some new scammers are posing as IRS officials and promising to give you money. One Richland resident got four calls Wednesday from men claiming to be the IRS.
The scammers said he would be paid $10,000 provided that he gave up his banking information. The victim refused in all four phone calls. According to 4-11, the area code of the number is not in the United States. Our calls to the number went to a message machine with a man speaking a foreign language. Pat says the callers got more desperate with every call.
He said, "I could just give them my account number and bank name and they would transfer this money into my account and when I told them I was going to contact authorities they got belligerent and threatened my family."
Richland Police told Pat to contact the FBI. He has filed a report. If you think you are being scammed, check the FBI website. They have an extensive section on all types of fraud and what to do to prevent them.