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IRS Warns Of Aggressive Telephone Scam

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A very aggressive IRS telephone scam is targeting people in in our area, and it was one of our Fox 29 viewers that tipped us off to what’s going on.

The IRS says the scam is happening right now, all over the Delaware Valley. It’s the largest they've ever seen, and the losses are already in the millions.

A woman from Pottstown says don't fall for it.

“First thing, when somebody's attacking you on the phone, you're thinking it's the IRS, that’s a big deal,” said Pottstown resident Shannon Moyer.

The guy on the phone was threatening and convincing, they said she owed the IRS money. Moyer was confused,  rattled and saw a lifetime of handwork and dreams flash before her eyes.

"Everything was being taken away, my kids, my house, my life, everything I’ve built,” she said.

The guy on the phone had a badge number, called from a 202 Washington D.C. number, and had his spiel down.

“He said all your bank accounts are frozen, your driver license is revoked, and we're in touch with local police department and sheriff's are on the way to arrest you They will have all the documentation,” said Moyer. “I said, I don't understand, how much money are he taking about? He said, $4,863. I said what? We have an accountant we filed our taxes, he started yelling at me on the phone, we didn't say you didn't file, we're saying you owe, you didn't pay, we are forced to arrest you.”

Moyer was hysterical, so she got out her tax records, her daughter searched the number, and it came up as a scam. Her husband then called the cons that kept making demands and deadlines.

“He needed to give them $4,000, or I was going to be arrested that was a red flag on his part,” said Moyer.

It’s a total scam, but these guys are pros. They mask their phone numbers to look like the real deal IRS police or DMV, but don't be fooled.

“They corner you, and put you in a spot when someone feels cornered, you hand over money," said Moyer. Luckily, we caught it, but, they're getting people out there."

Many people have fell for the scam, the losses are already in the millions. The IRS says, they do not call you. They send letters the old fashioned way by snail mail. If you get one of these phone calls hang up. The treasury inspector general is investigating.

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