In Your Corner: Mystery caller uses threat to steal cash


Scammers are targeting Oklahomans

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OKLA. CITY - Our In Your Corner team has a warning about an IRS phone scam targeting Oklahomans.

The mystery caller left a series of threatening messages on Fredda Daniels' voicemail.

He says, “The reason of my call is to let you know regarding the lawsuit that has been filed against you.”

Fredda was scared enough to notify the IRS and Kitt Letcher with the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma.

“You have a person who calls you and says, ‘I'm with the IRS. We're going to sue you. We're going to put you in jail,’” Letcher said. “If it's somebody is maybe isn't an American citizen, they threaten them with deportation.”

Letcher says her office is receiving three to four complaints a day.

“They'll even do things like give you a badge number and sometimes if they have enough information about an individual, they'll give you the last four digits of that person's social security number.”

Here's the In Your Corner bottom line:

  • If there's an issue with your taxes the IRS will first notify you by mail.
  • They won't demand you wire them money or put cash on a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask the caller for their badge number, then call the IRS directly to confirm the person's identity.

“I knew that I pay my taxes,” Fredda said. “I knew there's no reason the IRS would be messing with me.”

It's likely whoever targeted Fredda is calling from a boiler room overseas.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up because the IRS will never contact you by email or phone asking for your personal or financial information.

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