IRS Scam heats up in southern Colorado

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Jim Davis is one of many Colorado Springs residents who have gotten the call, supposedly a "final notice from the IRS."

Recording: “The reason of this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you."

Jim says he knew from my stories, it was all a lie. The IRS never calls and threatens people with a lawsuit for any kind of tax issue. It always sends out notices through the U.S. Mail.

But still, people fall for this scheme. My Washington contacts tell me, in the last three years, crooks have made $55 million dollars by scaring people into giving them money. So far they've victimized more than 10,300 people, 226 from our state of Colorado.

Recording: “Please call immediately on our department number, 201-365-2708."

Our 11 Call for Action volunteers are spreading the word. If you get a call like Jim, go online and report the phone number the crooks direct you to call back to TIGTA, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

I’m told this simple step is making a huge difference. Federal agents have shut down 94 percent of those numbers, cutting back on a majority of calls. Just remember the bad guys are persistent and won't give up.

Jim had this message for them. “Get a job. And not the one you're doing.”

The latest figures show folks in Colorado who fell for the IRS scam have lost more than $1.1 million.