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UPDATE: IRS Phone Scam Being Called "Largest Ever" of Its Kind

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DELMAR, Md./Del.- Delmar Police are warning of a scam involving individuals claiming to be employees of the Internal Revenue Service and targeting people in Delmar. In fact, the scam spans the entire nation, with federal authorities calling it the “largest ever” of its kind.

According to police, the phony IRS employee calls victims over the telephone, and leads them to believe they owe the IRS money, usually in excess of $1,000. The scammer proceeds to claim the IRS has issued a warrant for their arrest, and that the Delmar Police Department is holding the warrant. The victims are told that if they make a payment, usually with some type of gift card, the warrant will be withdrawn.

Rob Roberts of Milford was recently targeted by the scam.

I received a call at work,” Roberts told WBOC. “I got the voicemail when I got off work, saying that I owed the IRS over $1,500, and that they wanted to know how I was planning on paying it. He had said that if I didn't pay the money, then there would be a warrant out for my arrest."

Roberts said initially, he panicked.

"Obviously I was a little bit nervous, scared,” he explained. “I got, you know, you get that little flutter, like ‘uh, what did I do?'"

But he quickly realized something wasn’t quite adding up.

“He didn't know any of the answers to the questions I asked him,” Roberts said. “Like, he asked me for my social, and I said, ‘well you should have that.'"

His hunch was right.

"As soon as I got home the first night, I did a Google search and someone else had posted a comment saying they'd gotten a similar phone call from the same number," noted Roberts.


The calls didn’t stop there.

Roberts played us two voicemail messages left by the person who had called him initially.

"My name is Officer Danny Walters," the voice said in one of the two messages.

"My name is Officer Jason Miller," said what sounded like the very same voice, in the other message. "If you don't return the call and if I don't hear from your attorney either, then the only thing I can do is, I wish you good luck," the message continued.

Police warn anyone who receives such telephone calls to contact them immediately, and not make any such payments or give out any personal information.

"People are thinking new and innovative ways to rip people off over the telephone," said Lt. Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

"If the IRS is legitimately trying to collect a debt, they're not going to browbeat you," he added. "If somebody's trying to pressure you to make a payment, or threaten you with an immediate arrest from a federal arrest warrant, that should be a red flag to you."

The callback number left by “Officer Danny Walters” in the voicemail to Roberts was (517) 827-4853. The number left by “Officer Jason Miller” was
(517) 827-4852.

If you happen to get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here is what you should do:


·         If you owe taxes, or think you may owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

·         If you know you do not owe taxes, call the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484 to file a complaint.

·         Complaints can also be filed with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

You can get more information about tax scams on the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
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