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Oct 26, 2015 6:29 PM

NH1 News Investigates Uncle Sam Scam: Callers claim IRS is ready to sue NH residents


THORTON - The IRS phone scam is hitting Granite Staters again but this time the scammers claim the IRS is suing you.

Cathy Sylvester and her husband do not owe the IRS a dime do when they received voicemails telling them to pay up or get sued - they contacted the IRS and Better Business Bureau.

Now, the Sylvesters are sharing their story of almost getting scammed to help others.

"The reason of this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you," the voicemail says.

The caller ID said it was the IRS, but Cathy knew otherwise.

The caller knew a lot of the Sylvester's personal information, including the first digits of Cathy's social security number.

Then, he stated Cathy owed more than $5,000 in taxes and if she didn't pay soon, she would be sued by the IRS.

"I told him that I wasn't paying, that if he thinks I was going to give him my, a checking number or anything else, he was wrong," Cathy said.

Robert Shompe of the New Hampshire Business Bureau said this is not a new scam.

"Nine times out of ten, if there's an issues between you and the IRS, you'll be aware of it," Shompe said.

When NH1 News called the number who tried to scam the Sylvesters, there was no answer.

If you get a phone call like this remember, the IRS does not call - they send letters and will NEVER ask for payment information over the phone.

If you have any questions, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

If you know you do not owe any taxes or have no reason to think you owe any taxes, you should call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

Visit the Scam Tracker website to file a claim.


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