WASHINGTON DC – The Inspector General is calling it the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the IRS, and it’s right here in Maine.
Today Maine senator Susan Collins and an Auburn police officer testified in Washington about it.
It’s estimated that about 10,000 of these calls are made every single week. Scam artists are calling people all across the country, saying they owe money to the IRS and if they don’t pay up they’ll be arrested.
Today auburn police officer Jason Moore testified in front of the senate aging committee about his experience helping a victim. He said this victim was a 50 year old grandmother from Auburn and had been scammed out of 23,000.
The scammers instructed her to wire them thousands of dollars or be arrested. Officer Moore said he received the same call and believes many others in Maine have been scammed.
And other detectives who i work with have fielded calls from citizens who have received calls similar to the one Mrs. A did and I myself did the day I first started investigating this. I feel there are other victims who have not reported these crimes because they have fallen victim and may be too embarrassed to report it or may be unaware that they were even scammed.
It’s important to note the IRS will never demand immediate payment and they won’t call you about your owed taxes without having mailed you a bill first.
They will also never threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay.
If you believe you’ve been contacted by someone who is impersonating an IRS agent or if you believe you’ve been scammed you should call your local police department.