***Based on actual events. Some details have been altered or enhanced for entertainment purposes.***
Taking a break from stories centered on “Microsoft;” the IRS is the focus of today’s topic. Last year I received a number of automated phone calls from the IRS, urging me to contact them right away or legal action would be taken. I thought these calls were a little strange and ignored them at first. After receiving a few more calls, I decided to return their phone call. First, I did an Internet search to find out how the IRS contacts people when there are issues regarding tax refunds. Sure enough, I found a lot of articles warning people of scam artists calling people around tax season. For the record, the IRS WILL NEVER contact you by phone if there is a problem with your taxes. They’ll notify you by U.S. Mail. Should you receive a call like this one you can report it here.
On one particular day, when I was bored and needed to talk to anyone who was an adult – even scammers – because I have lots of days like this:
I called the number the “IRS” instructed me to call.
Scammer: Internal Revenue Service. What is your name?
Me: My name is Hermoine Hogwart Marvel. What is this call regarding?
Scammer: We suspect there has been some fraudulent activity surrounding your tax refund. It’s probably nothing, but if you refuse to cooperate we’ll have no choice but to take legal action against you.
Me: Oh wow. That sounds serious.
Scammer: Yes ma’am. It’s very serious. I have a number of questions I’ll need you to answer today.
Me: Over the phone?
Me: I’d rather not. Is there some way you could just mail me a form to fill out and send back?
Scammer: I’m afraid not. This is a very serious matter and if you don’t cooperate, we’ll send police to your residence to arrest you.
Me: In which case, my defense team will request copies of any and all evidence against me which will include the list of questions you want me to answer. Wouldn’t it be easier just to send me a form to fill out?
Scammer (sighing on the other line): Fine. I’ll send you the paperwork and then in three days, I will call you back and you will give me the information I need over the phone. What’s your address?
Me: It’s 1111 Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C. 20224.
It might not seem like the most interesting telephone conversation but the question remains: Whose address did I give to the IRS scammers?