11 Investigates: Scammers Claim To Be IRS Agents

Crooks are posing as IRS agents to scam people out of their money.

It's happening to more people in Southern Colorado.

Michelle Dial lives in Yoder, east of Colorado Springs, and got a suspicious call on her cell phone.

She didn't answer, but says the caller left a threatening message.

"He said my full name and that's what kind of caught my attention at first," said Michelle Dial.

She tells 11 News the scammer said he was calling about her tax return, and claimed he would take action against her if she didn't call back.

"I don't want to see anybody get victimized. We all work hard for our money," said Dial.

11 News is learning about similar cases in Southern Colorado; the fake IRS agent claims the person owes taxes, and demands they pay immediately with a prepaid debit card or a wire transfer.

If the person refuses, the scammer threatens to have them arrested or seize their bank accounts.

According to the IRS inspector general, the IRS will contact you by mail first. He says agents will never ask you to pay with a prepaid card or wire transfer.

He also says this is happening across the country, not just in Colorado. 11 News has learned there are thousands of victims in almost every state. So far, victims have lost more than $1 million to crooks.


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