Individuals who posed as agents of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS, for its acronym in English) harassed more than 366,000 people with aggressive phone calls demanding payments and threatening to jail, as revealed Thursday a federal investigator .
More than 3,000 people were deceived, said Timothy Camus, Deputy Inspector General of tax administration in the Treasury, and false officers managed to collect $ 15.5 million. “The numbers of complaints we have received in this case make it the largest in the history of our agency.”
Camus said that fraud affected taxpayers in all states. A particular victim, unidentified, lost more than $ 500,000.
“Criminals do not discriminate. They call people everywhere, whatever their origin or type of income, “said the researcher to Senate Finance Committee at a hearing.”Agents assumptions used to say to people that if hung, local police would go to their homes to arrest them.”
Then demanded debit card payments which are harder to track than those of credit- and transfers. Those who refused were threatened with deportation or loss of license.
Incidentally, Camus said IRS agents ever require Taxpayers making payments with debit, credit or transfers. In addition, the agency contacts people via regular mail.
So far two people have been arrested in Florida, accused of involvement in fraud involving impostors who called from India.
The deceptions of this type tend to increase during the season of tax collection. As the deadline approaches for individual returns next April 15, the IRS says it is receiving many complaints of fraud and identity theft.
Here are some tips to prevent being cheated:
The IRS never contacts you by telephone to ask for immediate payment.
The IRS will never call to inquire about outstanding taxes without first sending a notification by mail.
The IRS will never ask you to pay taxes without offering you the opportunity to question or claim the amount the agency says it should.
The IRS does not require you to use a specific type of card method debit- like to cancel your taxes.
The IRS will never ask for credit card numbers or debit telephone.
The IRS never threatens you with arrest for nonpayment.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asks for money, this is what the agency suggests making:
If you suspect you owe back taxes, hang up and contact the IRS. The telephone number of telephone support for individuals in Spanish is 1-800-829-1040.
If you are sure you do not owe taxes, report the incident to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration