For the second time in a week, I received a robocall claiming to be the IRS. It was a computerized voice. It wasn’t Stephen Hawking playing a joke on me, either. I don’t know him. But I guess he could easily disguise his voice. I digress.
The computer proceeded to tell me that they have been trying to reach me for some time. If I don’t respond, they will sue me. I was not frightened.
The number they called from was 217.398.9755. I have not called it. They called my cell phone, those ba$tards!
They told me to call another number, 323.786.0730, where I’m sure a very helpful “IRS Agent” will be glad to take payment for my tax debt by credit card. And then buy stuff with it.
Here’s the thing folks. Unless you moved and left no forwarding address, the IRS can find you. Not only can they find you, but they will warn you before they get really pissed off. It is rare that the IRS decides to sue without warning. And since I pay my taxes, I was certain they were not about to sue me.
So do what I did, report the call to the FCC here. It says that it is for the Do Not Call registry but they also take info for robocalls. Take not of the number that called you and the number they asked you to call. Give the FCC all the info you can. The FTC recently shut down two tech support scams down here. Let’s see what they can do about these new fraudsters.
That’s the ticked-off, but tax-compliant, view of one lawyer from Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida. I’m Marc Dobin.