Constituents often contact our office to report con artists making unsolicited calls. The best way to combat this scam is to immediately hang up and provide no information. Remember, the IRS would never call to demand that outstanding taxes be settled with a credit card payment. Additionally, the IRS will first send a tax bill in the mail. And, most importantly, an IRS agent would never threaten to arrest you over the phone.
The scam in question usually involves an autodialed call from an unknown individual who has used Caller ID spoofing software to disguise their real phone number and, on some occasions, to alter their voice. (Scammers may also use phishing emails, which pose as legitimate websites and trick targets into providing personal information and financial data.) Unfortunately, spoofing technology has prevented law enforcement from tracing the origin of these calls, but we encourage the public to notify our office at 718-876-6300 and report any repeat scam calls or changing patterns.