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An indian accent person left a message claiming they were from the IRS regarding pending taxes with a badge number. When I called back, another person with another badge number stated he was busy and told me a warrant for my arrest was issued for "pending taxes". When I stated, "I don't even have a job in the last year…and my income was less than 10,000" I was told a police officer was coming to my door! I then told them I was going to call my financial advisor and they hung up on me! there phone number was (###) ###-####
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
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Stop and take a deep breath. This is a scam.
See here and here. This has been going on for some time now, and the people on the other end are from India or Pakistan, but not always. They are very good at impersonating IRS, and threatening to sue/arrest you if you do not immediately pay.
Of course, this is a scam, but without knowing about the scam, people may fall for it.
There is even a way to verify if the call was real - call 1-***-***-**** to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
However, this is likely scam since no IRS person would ever be calling you with such a threat. The fact that they have a strong Indian accent only makes me think this more.
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