The largest-ever IRS tax scam is sweeping the U.S. in the middle of tax season, Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George tells Politico. IRS impersonators are calling taxpayers, demanding hundreds and thousands of dollars in alleged unpaid taxes. “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said George. “Do not become a victim.”
A writer for Forbes magazine said one scammer knew the last four digits of her Social Security number and where she worked. Accusing her of tax dodging, he warned that the government was about to seize her property, freeze her bank accounts, and suspend her driver's license and passport until she paid up. He even threatened jail time and to “blacklist” her name. She caught on, but not everyone was as lucky. The con men have duped people into paying at least $1 million, the Treasury Department says. They've heard reports of at least 20,000 instances, a record number of contacts for any known IRS scam.