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Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:57 pm
by Gregg
Lambkin wrote:Looks like my most recent call from these turkeys was Sept 22, 2016.

"The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. We need you or your retained attorney of record to return the call the issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. Please call us immediately on 213-361-2408. I repeat 213-361-2408. Thank you."


I got that one this morning, but my call back number was 516-472-9052

I mostly posted this hoping google finds it and maybe warns someone off.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:52 pm
by rogfulton
800notes.com is also a good place to post it.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:31 am
by Jeffrey
Wait they're still making calls after they got busted? Different group?

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:11 am
by fortinbras
Same old con.
The phone number identified as the source may be entirely faked or the result of multiple relays (such as in Three Days of the Condor); if you were to call it back there would considerable delays, lots of click-clack, and possibly a wait of longer than a full minute before someone picks up (in India). Or the phone might be a cellphone rewired to sound and work with an answering machine like a regular phone.

We are unlikely to be taken, but we should warn others.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:38 pm
by NYGman
http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/09/news/ta ... index.html

Police in India have arrested a man they say was the ringleader of a network of call centers that allegedly swindled thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars.

Sagar Thakkar, 24, was detained in Mumbai after arriving on a flight from Dubai on Saturday. "He was the mastermind of IRS scam call centers in the state of Maharashtra and one center in Ahmedabad," said Mukund Hatote, assistant commissioner of police in Thane, just north of Mumbai. Hatote said Thakkar stands accused of extortion, cheating, impersonation, criminal conspiracy as well as violating India's communications and tech laws. News of the scam broke last October when Indian police raided nine calls centers -- eight in Thane in Maharashtra -- and arrested more than 70 people on suspicion of posing as IRS agents to steal cash from U.S. citizens. Workers at bogus call centers used American accents to impersonate IRS agents. They told their victims that they owed back taxes and would risk arrest if they hung up or failed to pay up.

Thakkar -- also known as "Shaggy" -- was one of 61 defendants mentioned in a U.S. indictment unsealed last October. The bogus call center workers were accused of stealing from 15,000 people by using the IRS scam and other fraud schemes.


he just kept saying, "It wasn't me" :snicker:

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:05 pm
by The Observer
NYGman wrote:Workers at bogus call centers used American accents to impersonate IRS agents.


My mind boggles at how an Indian national would sound like trying to use a New Jersey or Deep South accent.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:19 pm
by NYGman
American names, yes, and they all seem to share the same name. I had spoken to 5 or 6 Tim's on one occasion. Kept being dropped, and transferred to another Tim each time I called.

However, the other day, I finally got transferred from India to a Russian sounding man, who was to help me pay the IRS what I owed. After 30 seconds, he new I was wasting his time, so we talked for a bit about his scam. He did seem to indicate Bangladesh as to the call center location, but he was most definitely not there.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:47 pm
by Judge Roy Bean
Just to make it worse than it already is, the IRS is now going to contract out collections.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:51 pm
by Famspear
Police in India have arrested a man they say was the ringleader of a network of call centers that allegedly swindled thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars.

Sagar Thakkar, 24, was detained in Mumbai after arriving on a flight from Dubai on Saturday. "He was the mastermind of IRS scam call centers in the state of Maharashtra and one center in Ahmedabad," said Mukund Hatote, assistant commissioner of police in Thane, just north of Mumbai. Hatote said Thakkar stands accused of extortion, cheating, impersonation, criminal conspiracy as well as violating India's communications and tech laws. [ . . . ] Thakkar -- also known as "Shaggy" -- was one of 61 defendants mentioned in a U.S. indictment unsealed last October.[ . . . ]


I just looked at the indictment again. Sagar Thakar is listed in a chart (on page 7) as a "Call Center Operator & Payment Processor."

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:01 pm
by Famspear
The Observer wrote:
NYGman wrote:Workers at bogus call centers used American accents to impersonate IRS agents.


My mind boggles at how an Indian national would sound like trying to use a New Jersey or Deep South accent.


Unfortunately, none of the voices on the few calls I have received came anywhere close to sounding authentic.

One of them featured a male voice with a very thick "India"-type accent. The message had been left on my answering machine at home. The guy had tried to fool me by using an "American sounding" name -- I believe it was "Greg Mason". But, with his thick India accent, it came out something like "Greeg Meeson".

Pretty funny, actually. It was not an Oscar-winning performance.

8)

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:45 am
by Chaos
The Observer wrote:
NYGman wrote:Workers at bogus call centers used American accents to impersonate IRS agents.


My mind boggles at how an Indian national would sound like trying to use a New Jersey or Deep South accent.



they wouldn't need it in Jersey as there has been a huge influx of Indian people into the State

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:38 am
by fortinbras
These guys frequently manage to use a DC area code caller ID (area code 202) - which, if you bother to call, takes for goddam ever to ring, rings a long time before it's answered - it's actually a series of relay numbers (as in Three Days of the Condor) that eventually rings in India. Used to be they'd have local crooks who'd pick up the cash at your house. Now they tell you to buy several hundreds of dollars in those gift cards (such as iTunes) and they'll call back in 6 hours and you tell them the serial numbers (so they can use the cards over the phone or internet to buy stuff for themselves).

I found it amusing to waste their time, on the theory that the time they spend on me they won't be hustling on some shnook. I'd ask where they were calling from (usual answer: Washington, DC) and then I'd ask what was the time there (they were usually wrong by several hours).

Important fact, the IRS itself doesn't arrest people. It brings civil, not criminal, cases (using US Dept of Justice lawyers) to collect money. So even if you had done something wrong with your taxes, the IRS wouldn't be threatening to put the clinkers on.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:39 pm
by operabuff
IRS special agents do have the authority to arrest folks (and they do make arrests). Section 7608(a) and (b). There is a whole chapter of the IRM on how to go about it: IRM 9.4.12. Just as with civil collection suits, the IRS recommends prosecution of criminal cases to the Department of Justice. In the case of someone impersonating an IRS employee, however, the investigation would be carried out by TIGTA rather than the IRS and then referred to DOJ.

What the IRS doesn't do is call people out of the blue.

Re: Bogus IRS calls

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:09 am
by morrand
operabuff wrote:What the IRS doesn't do is call people out of the blue.


They also probably don't use really horrible voice synthesizers to make those calls, as for example in this case.