Florida residents should be aware that IRS imposters are robocalling people across the U.S. in order to scam them out of tax payments that they do not owe.
For example, more than a dozen residents of North Carolina have been scammed out of around $75,000 by callers claiming to represent the IRS. Apparently, the imposters tell potential victims that they owe a significant amount of money to the government and they will be jailed for up to five years if they do not immediately pay the bill over the phone.
To add legitimacy to the scam, the robocalls appear to be coming from Washington, D.C., but authorities say the calls are actually coming from overseas, including southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union. Over the past few years, the scammers have reportedly brought in over $15 million nationwide.
In June, the FCC gave telephone companies the right to block robocalls, but companies like Verizon have chosen not to act, claiming that legitimate robocalls regarding safety and school alerts could be inadvertently blocked.
For landlines, consumers can try to use free services like Nomorobo to block unwanted robocalls. For cell phones, there are several apps available that claim to block robocalls.
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Law Offices of Darrin T. Mish, P.A.: Tax Attorney