A Sonoma woman was the target of two scam phone calls, but she didn’t fall for the scheme.
The woman, who is in her early 60s, said she received calls last Tuesday and Wednesday on her voicemail from someone who claimed he was with the IRS and that she was told that an arrest warrant had been issued for her and that she was under investigation. The scammer indicated it was important that she return the call.
The woman didn’t return the call and instead called the IRS fraud line and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
She said the first day, the callback number was a 202 area code while the second day, it was a 206 area code.
“I did a Google search on the number, and it seems that a number of other people got the same call,” she said. “I don’t want any seniors or anyone else to get burned.”
The IRS is warning people to be alert for the scam. According to its website, victims are told they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
The IRS does not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor does it request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
The IRS recommends that anyone receiving suspicious phone calls or emails of this nature immediately report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.