IRS tax scam making its way around Western Washington

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SEATTLE — Life is hectic enough with work and family and the stresses of everyday life. Tax time adds an extra layer of pressure most would rather do without.

“I hate the time of putting it together and getting all the stuff gathered and trying to figure it out, make sure I have the right information,” taxpayer Gena Tadych said.

“Just putting my head in the sand and waiting for all the W2s to roll in,” taxpayer Grant Howard said.

To make tax season even worse, scammers are out to get your money and your personal information and they’re doing it with fake phone calls claiming to be from the IRS.

“My initial thought was, why are they calling me at 5:48 in the morning?”Michelle Connors said of the ‘IRS tax agent’ calling her.

She didn’t fall for it but admits it caught her off-guard.

"It was more of a ... did I do wrong on my taxes from previous years?" Connors said.

"During tax season there are a lot more scammers out there trying to separate taxpayers from their money,” IRS spokesman David Tucker said.

Tucker says the scam is not new but seems to be happening more this year than before and says there is only one thing taxpayers need to remember to keep from getting scammed.

"People should understand that the IRS does not solicit your personal information, does not solicit your financial information, we do not try to coerce people to provide money to the organization ... and we don't threaten with arrest,” Tucker said.

The IRS also stresses they will never contact anyone for payment via phone, text, email or social media and here in Washington we can also set up a pin number with the IRS. We’re one of only three states where the pin is available. It lets the IRS know that you are you, so no one else can access your information, steal you identity of file a fraudulent return.

 

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6 comments

  • Ed Porter

    They called me, too. How much I owed, penalties if I didn’t pay, etc, etc. Threatened to send the sheriff out to my house. I told them I was home all day, so send him on over. They hung up. I then called the State AG, who could not do a thing about it, even though I had a phone number. A burn phone, they said. They told me to warn my friends and family. This is not going to end, and it’s apparently going to prey on older Americans used to staying in line, paying on time, and fearful of the IRS. Maybe if you could instantly track their gps feature on their burn phone, and send in a drone strike…

  • john

    I received several calls. I new it was a scam. I gave them a taste of their own medicine. I called back using *67 and then their number, blocking them from seeing my phone #. It says unknown or private call on their end. I called back many times and would mess with them. Play music, Fog horn and many other annoying things to get them frustrated. The # that works best is 1-844-854-5518. Also call 1-202-684-3436, 1-206-201-2044 or any other number in the previous blogs. Some get nasty and some will try to hold a conversation. The more people that will call and keep their phones busy the less people they can scam. Good luck and have fun.

  • Wings53

    I just received a phone call from 1-347-866-7202 stating this was a final call before a law suit against me will go forward. Earlier in the year I was threatened with arrest. The first number originated from Chicago, 1-773-312-5053 I blocked that number. I got another call with same threat, using the same number this time it was from Russia which I too blocked. I received a 3rd call with a different number +56348956 this time it was from Chile, number blocked. I guess the IRS is outsourcing now LOL. I reported all the calls to the IRS and FTC. I saved all the voicemails.