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IRS phone scam targeting taxpayers around the country

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A sophisticated and aggressive phone scam is targeting taxpayers across the country. A sophisticated and aggressive phone scam is targeting taxpayers across the country.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's being called an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam on the IRS official website and it targets taxpayers all over the country.

Callers who identify themselves as IRS agents use fake names and ID numbers to trick the public into paying money owed to the Federal government.

Lorri Landkammer was a victim of one of these scams. She received an automated message claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service and telling her that she had a lawsuit being filed against her for money she owed to the government.

Landkammer called back and was told that she owed more than $4,000 in taxes that had been overpaid to her by the government. The caller then said she had two options: pay right then or she could get an attorney to fight it, but then a warrant would be issued for her arrest.

She was also told if she failed to pay then her assets and accounts would be frozen, her belongings would be confiscated and she could face up to five years in federal prison.

The person posing as an IRS agent also told her she had to find a way to pay the funds while he remained on the phone with her in a 45 minute period. Landkammer finally got him to provide her with a call back number and she hung up.

After researching on the IRS website she discovered it was a scam.

According to the IRS.gov website there are certain things that the IRS will never do.

They will never call to demand immediate payment, or require a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card. They will also never ask for credit or debit information over the phone or threaten to bring in local police or law enforcement to arrest you.

If you have any questions about whether you owe the IRS money, you can go to their official site, IRS.gov and contact them via information provided on the site. Also if you feel you are a victim of a scam report it to the FTC.

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