Has anybody received a phone call from the "IRS"? My husband did last night, a recorded message when he answered his cell stating there was a problem with his tax return, and to please call them back referencing the case number they gave him. He hung up. A quick google search let me know this scam was in full swing at the moment, targeting recent immigrants (which my husband is) and others.
I read that some poor folks have been threatened by the "IRS" with deportation if they don't comply.
Yup. My dad. And they also called for me at my parents' house. Yeah....no.
I'm disappointed that I haven't gotten a call yet. If I'm not doing anything at the moment, one of my favorite things to do is just string them along, making them think that I'm falling for their scam.
I base this on an old comedy routine from the 1980's - it might have been by Dana Carvey. His bit is that he got a call from a place selling sides of beef. He strung them along for a half hour asking questions, and he could tell by the end of the call that the guy was going nuts over this huge potential sale. Then the salesguy gets to the point where he asks "And what form of payment will be using today sir?" "Oh, you take food stamps, right?"
My husband loves to string them along forever, too. He figures that wasting their time makes their scam earn less money. I think he's wasting his own time, too.
I remember this one time, when he had to give his name, he gave them "William H. Harrison," I think, or something like that. I was rolling.
He strings them along as long as he can, and he'll actually sneakily get a callback number for them (he'll pretend to have something urgent and needs to hang up and call them back, or something). Then he'll report them, with a valid phone number for the report. No idea if it makes any difference.