By Linda O’Grady
I just got a call this morning from 203-347-5726. A man, named, Jake Johnson, informed me that he was an investigator from the IRS.
Jake: May I speak with Linda O’Grady.
Me: Yes, this is she.
Jake: This is Jake Johnson I’m an investigator with the IRS. Do you know that you have an open case with the IRS?
Jake: Did you receive any mail from the IRS about your case?
Jake: You are on a recorded line and anything you say may be held against you in court. The line is recorded for my supervisor and the Attorney General’s office. Do you understand?
Jake proceeds to ask me about foreign transactions and my taxes. No – foreign transactions and yes I used a CPA to do my taxes since forever.
Long story short -he told me that I was being charged with 1) foreign transactions 2) fraudulent tax filings and 3) breach of Homeland Security – this is all a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
When I told him I was hanging up, he threatened me by stating that the police are on their way to arrest me and that I would be held for 72 hours. He sounded very authoritative and even called back and left a message saying the police should be there in minutes.
How to protect yourself:
1) IRS will never call you or ask you for personal information – they send you a notice via United States Postal Service – good old fashioned mail.
2) DO NOT provide any personal information – City or state you live in, address, birth date, social security number or any family or friends’ names or addresses.
3) DO NOT confirm any personal information they provide you.
4) If any government agency leaves you a message, DO NOT call back immediately – Look up the agency and the number in your local phone book or internet.
You may report any IRS scam here. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing or (from IRS website) “If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.”