Pittenger warns of new IRS scam
Nov 1, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER WARNS OF NEW TELEPHONE SCAM TARGETING TAXPAYERS
CHARLOTTE – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) warned constituents of a new telephone scam targeting taxpayers.
Potential victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must quickly make a payment via a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of their driver’s license.
“My staff has helped dozens of local residents with IRS issues, and we can assure you that first contact from the IRS is almost always via U.S. Mail,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Should you receive a suspicious call related to the IRS, please call my office immediately so my staff can help you determine whether or not the call is valid.”
In some cases, scammers have been able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number, have used fake caller IDs to appear to be legitimate IRS employees, or sent follow-up e-mails to bolster their false claims.
In addition to helping avoid this scam, Congressman Pittenger’s office routinely helps constituents with a variety of IRS-related issues.
“My staff is also able to help cut through IRS red tape, ending bureaucratic runaround and expediting solutions to long-unresolved tax issues,” commented Congressman Pittenger.
For assistance, call Congressman Pittenger’s offices in Charlotte (704-362-1060), Mooresville (704-696-8188), or Washington (202-225-1976).