Here's a transcript:
Calling from Criminal Investigation Division of I-R-S. The matter at the hand is extremely time sensitive and urgent, as after all that, we found that, there was a fraud and misconduct on your tax which you are hiding from the federal government. This need to be rectified immediately so do return the call as soon as you receive the message. The toll free number is 1-8-6-6-9-7-8-6-6-1-8. I repeat again, 1-8-6-6-9-7-8-6-6-1-8. Thank you.
Needless to say, this is a scam. You can look at all of these reports on phone number lookup sites.
Now, you may think that this obviously sounds like a scam. However, it unfortunately works.
So what should you do if you or someone you know receives one of these calls?
- Don't respond. Just leave that alone.
- Report it. Here is the FTC info page on reporting scams, spams, do not call or telemarketing violations and other issues. Here is the complaint reporting page.
I did file a report with the FTC. It doesn't take long and it's the right thing to do.
While these calls can be either annoying or entertaining, the bottom line is that they work and some people do fall for these scams. So educate yourself and others.
Do you have any interesting robo-call or scam stories to share?