The Taxman Blog
From NPR comes an update on the scam that defrauded “at least 15,000 people of more than $300 million.”
Earlier this month, 70 people in India were arrested for participating in a fraud scheme that involved calling American taxpayers, informing them that they owed large amounts of money, and threatening them with legal action or arrest if they did not pay immediately.
Now 61 people have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to Camila Domonoske of NPR. Charges include “conspiracy to commit identity theft, false personation of an officer of the United States, wire fraud and money laundering.”
Always get a second opinion if you receive alarming information about your taxes. You can contact me at any time if you feel uneasy–trust your instincts; don’t get scammed!
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In a previous post, I warned people about one of many tax-related scams, in which callers pretending to be from the IRS demanded payment for debt owed. Taxpayers were threatened with lawsuits and arrest if they did not comply. (The IRS will NOT call you with this type of information–they will always send mail.)
Yesterday, U.S. News reported that police in Mumbai, India have arrested 70 people involved in a massive phone scam to defraud Americans under the guise of being IRS callers. The scam had been running for approximately a year, netting the perpetrators over $150,000 a day, Mumbai police officer Parag Marere told U.S. News.
There may be perpetrators still at large, but police are questioning over 600 people in addition to the 70 already taken into custody to determine who will be charged. “The criminal charges filed against the suspects include extortion, impersonation and violations of India’s information technology laws.”