3OYS Update: IRS phone scam continues to 'tax' Valley residents

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PHOENIX -- The reason the IRS phone scam is so successful is because the crooks are so convincing. To give you just a little idea of how these guys work and what their spiel sounds like, we decided to string together audio from the scammers and victims.

"A known bail able arrest warrant has issued on your name."

Edward Antolik from Chandler described the call he received. "You either pay the fine or the police are going to pick you up, as a matter of fact they're on their way right now."   

"My name is Officer Jason Clark with the badge number 10168 calling you from the tax crime investigation division of IRS."

Avondale resident Ramona Bellah got the fake IRS call as well. "He said that they did an audit for the past three years and they showed that I owed money that I was stealing from the government.”

"The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. I’m Officer Julie Smith from internal revenue service."

"The nature of my call is to inform you that we have received a legal position notice against your name under your social security number regarding tax forms. Lawsuit is going to be filed in federal play courthouse today."

"Don’t try to disregard this message and do return the call."

"For this case you might be get even arrested."

Antolik went on to tell 3 On Your Side; "In the beginning I thought it was very legit I was scared. I started to tear up. Even was shaking a little bit."

"Don’t disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you."

"If you don't return this call and I don't hear from your attorney either then only thing I can do is wish you a good luck as the situation unfolds on you."

"Thank you and have a great day."

This scam has brought in a whopping 14 million dollars.  Just remember, the IRS will not call you demanding money. If you get the call hang up.

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For additional information about the phone scam visit:

www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2015-01_home.htm