People have also reported another phone scam targeting immigrants. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile.
The Sheriff's department says some characteristics of the scam include: Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls. Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site. After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
The sheriff’s department is reminding residents to not give out any personal information or account information over the phone.
Link to Herald Story: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/sheriffs-department-warns-of-irs-scam-1