My Dear Community,
I am embarrassed to admit that two days ago I was scammed by someone impersonating the IRS. I am working with my credit card company to retrieve the money I lost. However, I want to make everyone aware of this scam, especially as our tax season is coming to an end. Here is my story:
I recieved an official sounding voice message saying I needed to return the call before something goes wrong. It was a female's vocie, calling from 719-344-2781. When I called, I talked to an Xaiver Marshall IRM#49281 (Internal Revenue Member). After providing my name and address he told me that I owed $4682.12 in taxes and there was an arrest warrant in my name and legal action was being taken against me for the following 4 reasons : 1) Tax violation 2)Internal Revenue Code, Section 21.A of Chapter 13 3) Defrauding the gov 4)Willful misrepresentation according to 6331H. Xaiver told me these allegations were based on five mistakes that I made on my tax returns from 2011 to 2016 that were found via an audit. My options were fighting the arrest warrant with a civil lawyer or receiving an offer to compromise. The compromise was only available if I kept this matter confidential. My case number was: 2:469-NV-7261 and the reference# for the legal action against me was: CT-396-1140. I asked a lot of questions about the payment and he took me to the IRS. gov website, showed me the EFTPS payment system, and told me he would send me a pin and password, once they recieved payment. He asked me how much I could pay now, I said $1000 and he told me I needed to get Google vouchers becuase my accounts were being surveillenced. He also told me that the IRS was issuing a new tax payment system designed by Google that was being rolled out mid-April. So, I needed to pay via Google Play gift cards. He stayed on the phone with me while I drove to Walmart and Best Buy of buy 10 Goggle Play cards. After giving him the codes, he told me the courts woud not accept the orginal $1000 and I had to pay $2341--half the original amount. I pushed back and we settled on $1350. He asked me to text photos of the cards with the backs scratched off to: 702-747-9337. It did not go through, so I read the codes to him. Afterward he told me Valerie Patterson, IRM#80369 from the IRS agency in Bridgeport would come to my home the next day to bring me copies of the documents, set up a payment plan for the remaining amount, and show me my mistake so that I can avoid them in the future. He also informed me that my arrest warrant was now canceled, confirmation # L46JC9X0. Once I realized this was a scam, I confronted Xaiver and he apologized. Nevertheless, the damage was done.
To help to stop this fraud, notify your friends and family of this IRS scam. Use my story if necessary.