Locals targeted by scammers pretending to be IRS employees

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comJuly 1, 2014 

The District Attorney’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam that attempts to trick people into thinking they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.

Residents in San Luis Obispo County have reported the scam, during which the caller — often hostile in order to scare the resident — threatens consumers with arrest unless they make immediate payments.

The scammers might be able to recite the last four digits of your Social Security number, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office. The scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear the IRS is really calling, and they mimic background noise from a call center. The scammers also threaten jail time or driver’s license revocation and will call back pretending to be police or someone from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The District Attorney’s Office warns against any caller demanding money via prepaid cash card or money wire.

Anyone receiving a suspicious call should report it to the District Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit at 781-5856.

The IRS also has information about the scam on its website at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.

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