They pretend to be agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and they demand payment for fake tax liens, according to WPIX.
But it’s all a fraud.
The IRS — the real IRS — is warning about the phone scam targeting American taxpayers.
The scammers usually call from a cloned number with a District of Columbia area code — 202-609-7070. The caller tells victims that they owe money to the IRS and if they don’t pay they’ll be arrested.
The IRS has received 90,000 complaints about the scam, and about 1,000 people have lost an estimated $5 million from the fraud.
If you get a call that you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS urges you call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident.
For more information on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit www.irs.gov.