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I have a question and I think I know what the answer will be. Some months ago I was contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS, he stated that I had won a grant for $900,000.00 from the IRS. He has been very persistant and won;t leave me alone. What should I do

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Yes, he has requested money from me for fees regarding releasing the funds.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Tax
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Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 9 months ago
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Based on your information - that is very likely a scam.

Do NOT send any money as you most likely will not see them again.

And do NOT provide any personal information over the phone.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Unfortunately I have sent money, and I have just written that off to stupidity on my part. They have really sounded professional, including a certificate from the IMF office.
Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 9 months ago

Unfortunately...

Chances that you will get any money back are minimal.

You may file a police report and a fraud complain

https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/report-fraud

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/how-do-you-report-suspected-tax-fraud-activity

but again - most likely scammers are located abroad and are not easy to be identified.

It is very likely - scammers will come back and will ask fro additional payments - the logic is that the person who already "invested" the money will very likely agree to invest more.

So be careful.

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