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. 


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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Comment balloon 30 commentsTammy Lankford, • September 01 2015 08:53PM


Tammy great post and glad she went to the Sheriffs Department instead of the Bank... there are so many variations of this same BS...glad that they are working on eliminating one of the millions....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford -   Thank goodness the local seller didn't get scammed.  Although it could be a coincidence, it's suspect that the call came in right after she'd contacted the IRS.  A shady IRS employee, perhaps? 

P.S. Is that totally cute dog yours?

Posted by Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA (PREA Realty) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford 

That is so sad that people would do that to someone. Glad she went to the police.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford just to protect people, I think this post should be featured!

I get almost one call every other week from IRS - and I know what it is so if I have time, I play with them. Sometimes they have Indian accent, too.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 3 years ago

Endre Barath, Jr. she went to the bank, but not to walmart to wire the money. She was so close.  They said such threatening things to her too.  She was very afraid.

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA or bank employee?  And yes, that's my Glen. as I was writing the post he had dropped a stuffed toy at my feet. I just wore him out fetching it and now he's sleeping soundly.

Alan Kirkpatrick me too.  She got very close.

Praful Thakkar I've had someone try to fool me they worked for "microsoft" and that something was wrong with my computer they needed to fix.  HA, I have a mac.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford,  WOW that was a close one.  I'm glad your client thought this through and got the sheriff involved.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford - I love Glen.  He's a gorgeous boy.

Posted by Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA (PREA Realty) about 3 years ago

Tammy - It is just sad to hear how people are threatening others in order to scam them out of their money. I wish there was more the police could do in these instances. Usually they don't do much at all, and the scams continue to work their numbers until they find someone who will pay. Thanks for sharing this info.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty about 3 years ago

Wow!  If these scammers put as much effort into honest work, they'd probably make a much better living - and not have to worry about going to the slammer!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Good morning Tammy. This kind of stuff is just so bad, these folks should be sent away for a long time. Unfortunately folks fall for this stuff otherwise it wouldn't happen.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 3 years ago

Good morning Tammy! These scammers when caught should spend years in prison doing hard labor! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 3 years ago

I had same reaction as Jill.  I wonder if there is someone tipping them off on info. Glad it's under investigation now.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. It's sad we have to be on the lookout for these scams, but we do. They get trickier and trickier.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, about 3 years ago

Sybil Campbell very close, too close

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA he is a big mess.  Mostly a very gentle giant lap dog. But also super protective of his family. 

Troy Erickson she was literally just shaking. She actually stopped by our office the following day to tell us. I showed her how to Google IRS scam and all the informtion she could have quickly found on line. Even a Google search of the phone number resulted in showing it was a scam.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Patricia Kennedy the problem is generally that the call is routed through a us number via a computer and generally made from someone outside the U.S. and nothing can be done. And knowing how close she got I feel sure that others fall for this locally and all over the country.

Joe Petrowsky I'd always wondered "how it happens" "how people fall for it", but when she told me how they threatened her and how frightened she became I can understand. It's not a local decision to pay the money, it's an emotional one.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Wayne Martin oh wouldn't that be nice, but that would "viloate their rights" if we still made inmates do hard labor. (and sadly I know first hand how stupid the system is because I have a family member working in it and trust me, the inmates have all the rights, the employees none of them)

Debbie Gartner I know someone was sent to the place where the land line was after a coordinated effort from our and their LEO, but I think it netting in their number being used as a spoof number which likely means that number won't be used anymore and they are out of the country.  It really sucks.  And if someone wasn't tipped off it was a odd coincidence.  And perhaps she mentioned it in their conversation and they played on that. She was frightened and may not remember everything she told them. 

Kat Palmiotti very sad. And it really irks me they tend to prey on older people and you can go on line and find out how old occupants are with a few clicks of a mouse.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Good morning Tammy. This is scary. I have heard of this too but not personally. I never heard a lender require these documents either. I love your dog.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

So many crazy scams going around, I would never do anything based on a phone call, I would need to see something in writing.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 3 years ago

it's amazing that so many people fall for this.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 3 years ago

Thanks for the warning, Tammy Lankford No matter our age or circumstances we need to be vigilant and a bit wary.  Unfortunately peole do fall for these scams.  Thanks for spreading the message.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Tammy, we know the IRS is tough and will eat our young but they do not go about it that way. There is so much hacking taking place it would not surprise me if the scammers are getting information from data originated by requests for tax returns.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 3 years ago



Warning - Don't Let Scammers Scare the Crap Out of You or Your Bank Account!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford that is incredible story of your client driving directly to the sheriff's office. There was a recent IRS fraud case reported in the LATimes where the perp is getting 15 years in prison. They used similar tactics, threatening to put people in jail if they didn't pay up, and of course, they were just a call center somewhere pretending to be the IRS. You're right, the IRS will let you know via mail. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 3 years ago

That scam has been reported in this area recently as well. Glad she didn't fall for it. i hope cops can track them down and arrest them.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 3 years ago

Yup, these people have gotten in the millions of dollars.  They also are very good about making their out of country number look like it's coming from VA or TX.  There's also another scam where they call and say they're from microsoft and you have a virus on your computer then they request access to the network.  Older folks usually fall victim to this.  They get all their passwords and bank account info

Posted by Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender (Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837) about 3 years ago

Aloha Tammy,

Although, sometimes it may be difficult to tell the difference between organized crime and the government, there is a difference and thank you for pointing it out. THE IRS DOES NOT CALL YOU.  THEY DO NOT AUDIT YOU WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE.

a hui hou,

Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) about 3 years ago

Tammy, this is very frightening to read. I am sorry this happened to your client, but glad to hear she went to the police.

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 3 years ago

It must be pretty scary to be on the receiving end of that phone call. And oddly ironic due to the circumstances. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Tammy, most know about these scams, but I do feel sorry for the ones that do fall for these scams.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 3 years ago

That is just awful and the people that do that should be hung up by their fingernails and horse whipped. I can see why people get scared and yield to wire money to make the problem go away.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago