Have you ever received a phone call from a number you didn’t recognize? Almost everyone has. Today we got a phone call from someone claiming to be a Officer James Williams. Officer James Williams informed us that a lawsuit was being filed by the Internal Revenue Service against our name for delinquent taxes. After we acted shocked and concerned, Officer James Williams proceeded to explain that a warrant for our arrest would soon be issued if the appropriate tax balance was not paid in full. So to stop any further action from being taken against us and to prevent our incarceration we should pay an amount of somewhere in the $6,000 range. After trying to get us to wire the money to them from a Western Union, we confronted them directly.
The IRS is warning people here about the “largest ever” phone fraud scam targeting U.S. taxpayers. In the interest of learning more about this phone-based threat, Orlando Investigative Services investigated the attacks by tracing the number we had available. We discovered the culprits employ the Magic Jack telephone app. These scammers most likely reside in India, South Africa, and parts of the Caribbean Islands.
What can you do to protect yourself from becoming a victim?
1) Add All Your Telephone Numbers to the National Do Not Call List
Avoid phone scams by registering your home and cell phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry or by calling 1-888-382-1222. This national registry was created to offer consumers a choice regarding telemarketing calls. It won’t stop all unsolicited calls—but will help stop most. This is important to do for elderly friends and family members as well as those with mental illnesses as these individuals are the most targeted.
2) Report Telephone Fraud If You Believe You’re a Victim
If you believe you have been a victim of a telephone scam or telemarketing fraud, you can file an online complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or by phone at 1-877-382-4357.
For more information, please vi the USA.GOV Scam Alert page.