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IRS watchdog says phone scam described as 'largest ever'

IRS phone scam causing chaos.

Published Sat, Mar 22 2014 4:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Another year, another sophisticated Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam targeting users, with the IRS already receiving 20,000 reports about the clever scam. This particular scam is the largest scam IRS officials have found, and is stealing millions of dollars from US taxpayers across the country.

IRS watchdog says phone scam described as 'largest ever' | TweakTown.com

The scam first gained prominence last August, and largely targeted immigrants - but has evolved into anyone the scammers can trick.

"This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, IRS Treasury inspector, in a statement. "The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license."

It's not uncommon for residents to receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, stating the victim needs to pay or face arrest. The scam might seem ridiculous, but is a major problem - and certainly harms victims - with law enforcement and federal investigators trying to identify those involved.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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