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Tucson BBB warns about IRS scam

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 21:18:32-04

The Better Business Bureau of Tucson is warning people about fake IRS calls. 

It's a phone call with a threatening message. 



Rob LaMaster says, "The first couple of calls I got was from a 202 area code which is from Washington, DC so it looked official."

The person on the to other end is a recording.

The scammer says law enforcement will show up the person's door step for past debt with the IRS

"An arrest warrant has been issued against you. Right now, you and your physical property are being monitored and it's very important that I do hear back from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal matter. My number is 646-809-9671. Thank you."

LaMaster is one of the many people who have received bogus calls like this. 

Susann Miller, with the BBB says, "scammers prey on emotion." 

Right now, on average, the BBB says on a daily basis they're getting a handful of complaints about the scam in the Tucson area. 

Scammers are calling people multiple times a day. 

Before you fall victim to the scam, Miller says, "You will be notified by letter and the debt collection agency before a call."

Debt collectors are now making called but to help figure out if the call is real, ask "How old is the debt."

Miller says, " IRS is only hiring debt agencies for debts that are three or more years old. 

Companies will not ask for payment over the phone. 

Companies hired by the IRS, below: 

  • CBE Group 
  • ConServe
  • Performant
  • Pioneer 325