My client wanted me to warn you so you'll just hang up...

We have a local seller buying in another state. Her lender (first time I ever heard of it) not only wanted her to sign 4506, but also her to contact the IRS to get her transcripts. She did. Then last week she got a phone call on both her home and cell phone.  It was the same person on each line telling her they were the IRS and that her recent call had triggered an audit. They followed up with the audit showed she owed $12,000.

They told her to NOT disconnect the cell phone call and go to the bank and withdraw $2000 in cash. To then drive to walmart and wire the money to specific account. She said she told them she knew it was a scam and she was going to hang up. The then threatened that if she hung up that the IRS would arrive in minutes to take her to jail. 

She drove to the bank.She withdrew the money. But instead of driving to Walmart to wire the money she drove to the local sheriff's office. She explained quietly (while pretending to be in line waiting to wire the money). The sheriff's department then got on her phone. They of course hung up, but she sheriff department called them right back. 

It was a Dallas phone number. An on line search says it's a land line.  It's in the hands of law enforcement now. But she was afraid and almost scammed out of $2000. 

THE IRS DOES NOT CALL YOU.  THEY DO NOT AUDIT YOU WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS. 

I'd heard about it on the news and though, who would fall for this.  But to hear it first hand from my client who was alone, afraid and had just called the IRS which the caller seemed to know. 

Warn your friends, warn your clients.

 

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