Another incredible example of a contact with tax scammers was posted on LimaOhio.com., a news channel of Lima, Ohio. The Sheriff’s Office of the Mercer County warned people in its community about an ongoing phone tax scam; the same type of scam that seems to be sweeping the country at the moment. Police received a number of complaints from local residents about tax crime attempts made by someone over the phone. There was nothing new in that scheme – the caller pretended to be from the IRS and threatened to sue just any person who answered the phone. One of the residents was able to provide police with the phone number of the scammer, and police Detective Doug Timmerman returned that call.
Unlike the scammer, Detective Timmerman did not play any games around fake identity. He chose an honest approach and told the criminal his job title and the reason for his call. In response, the scammer also decided to open up and admitted that he was not from the IRS. He also called himself and his colleagues, whom he did not identify, “scam artists”. Detective Timmerman wanted to know why they are doing it, and got a response “to earn money”. The scammer then provided his address as 111 Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C., which is actually one of the IRS locations. He was informed that this call was being recorded, but it did not seem to scare him. Instead, the scammer boldly said that he can’t be caught.
While the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident, we want to use this opportunity to once again remind all American taxpayers about the existing tax scam situation. Although the IRS and Law Enforcement officers do everything in their power to stop this type of crime, it is important for all of us to remain vigilant. Do not provide any personal information or send money to the scammers, and do notify appropriate agencies about any phone calls you receive of this nature. You can do it by calling your local police office, but don’t forget to inform the IRS directly.