Audio: Thousands Victimized By Largest Ever IRS Phone Scam
AM 820 News anchor Robert Pankau spoke with ABC Corespondent Scott Goldberg about the largest ever fake IRS agent phone scam. The IRS inspector general says more than 20,000 taxpayers have been targeted by fake IRS agents in the largest phone scam the agency has ever seen. J. Russell George says thousands of victims have lost a total of more than $1 million. As part of the scam, fake IRS agents call taxpayers, claim they owe taxes, and demand payment using a prepaid debit card or a wire transfer. Those who refuse are threatened with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license.