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Local man target of IRS Phone Scam
Webster, N.Y. - On Tuesday, Christopher Whitcomb of Webster got a call from a man claiming to be with the IRS.
"He said over the last 10 years there have been some discrepancies on what you've paid," said Whitcomb. "They picked the wrong guy to call."
Whitcomb said the man then proceeded to ask for his personal information such as his social security number.
"I told them right out I think you're a scam, I don't believe you for a minute," he explained. "'That's your right if you don't believe us, but if you don't call and respond to this number legal action is going to be [taken]' I mean really trying to really push be heavy handed about trying to give up stuff."
Whitcomb called the IRS to make sure his gut feeling was right.
"I'm suspicious of everything," he said. "You're not going to get nothing by me without me checking first."
The IRS confirmed it was a scam that had been going on for months.
According to the IRS's website scammers tell potential victims they're going to get a large return or they owe money. They give fake badge numbers, sometimes know the last four digits of potential victim's social security number and have even spoofed the IRS toll free number on the caller ID. They've also threated potential victims with jail time or driver's license revocation - and in some cases scammers have called back pretending to be from the local police or DMV.
The IRS advises if you get a call like this hand up and call the IRS.
If you know you owe or think you might owe taxes call 1-800-829-1040.
If you don't believe you owe taxes report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
And if you've been targeted by a scam the IRS recommends contacting the Federal Trade Commission and use "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov - and add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of the complaint.