By Catherine Haug, Sept 28, 2016; Updated Mar 18, 2017
I’ve now gotten two of those calls, and it is likely that everyone – especially senior citizens – will get at least one of them. Normally I don’t pick up the phone unless I recognize the number. The first one (9/28/2016) was a 509 area code, which is just across the Columbia River from where I lived in Portland, and is where many of my former coworkers with whom I exchange Christmas cards, live. So I picked it up.
On the other end of the line was a recorded message that went something like this:
This is (male name), an IRS officer. Did you know there is a legal petition filed against you? Call me back immediately at 509-983-0040.
The second call (3/17/17) was with a female voice, but did not give a name. She said:
“an arrest warrant has been issued. Call me back immediately at 907-891-8644.“
If you get one of these calls, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. Note, there are many different scam numbers they use.
When I got the first call, my first thought was, “I wonder if this is that IRS scam I’ve heard about on the news?” So I googled the number, and got this: Scam Call Fighters (1), where it says: (more…)