Calls from scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service continue popping up around Minnesota, most recently in Stearns, Saint Louis, Itasca, Swift and Kandiyohi counties.
One such call includes a computerized female voice stating, “Hi, this is Tax Crime Investigation Unit of IRS. The reason you are receiving this pre-recorded message is to notify you that IRS has issued an arrest warrant against you.”
The Better Business Bureau’s Lisa Jemtrud said the IRS would never make a phone call demanding payment and making threats and, “If someone says that you didn’t pay your taxes and you’re going to be arrested, people worry. The fear factor goes up and when that happens the scam artists strike because they know when people have those high emotions. They don’t take time to research something and they act quickly.”
She explained, “The latest twist on this scam is that someone may call you and say, ‘You paid your taxes, but you didn’t pay them in full.’ It’s a little more believable to people that know that they did, in fact, pay their taxes but it’s plausible that they made a mistake, scam artists are capitalizing on that.”
Jemtrud said people should never give personal information over the phone and those that get a suspicious call should hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.