While doing work at the office today, I happen to answer the phone when a call came in from 1-315-227-2006.
They said, “This is the IRS and a lawsuit has been filed against you.”
I knew about this scam, so I just said, OK.”
The person on the other end of the line stated, “I need the last 4 of your social.”
I said, “I will not give you that over the phone.”
I was expecting an explanation, but they went straight to, “Please provide me with your Attorney’s name and number.”
- I can see where this would bother someone getting such a strange call! But please note, the IRS does NOT call about a lawsuit.
I then told the caller, “I’d be representing myself.”
They asked,”Are you an attorney?”
I said, “Yes.”
They then asked to verify my Bar information.
When I asked them to clarify, they hung up the phone.
At this point, I called back…
I told the caller that I had gotten a call and that we got cut off. The person on the phone started to repeat what the first caller had said, but after about 30-45 seconds, they disconnected.
I attempted to call back, but apparently nobody wanted to play anymore.
*Once again, the IRS does not call you to tell you they are filing a lawsuit against you. The first step would be documentation- The IRS wants a paper trail! With that being said, if you are in the midst of a matter with the IRS and you are already working with an agent associated with the Department of the Treasury, then you may get a call. However, this is not the typical first line of communication you will receive when dealing with a financial situation being brought against you from the federal government.
If you get a call like this, do not give any information and call your state’s Attorney General.
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