Is the IRS calling you demanding cash? Learn how our tech gurus deal with the IRS calling scam.
The IRS calling
out of the blue is about as likely as snow in Miami on the fourth of July. When they say they are going to sue you, you should get a clue. If you are still on the line after they demand cash, you are getting ready to pay someone in a faraway land. Of course, the scam relies on the gullible.
Following is a transcript of an unsuspecting foil and an “entrepreneurial” tech support person. The caller has fallen for the IRS calling scam. As is my policy, I have changed the names to protect the guilty. Any resemblance to real life situations is purely coincidental. Or is it? Maybe a little bit of both. I hope you enjoy my subtle attempt at geek humor, and welcome you to express your opinions and share your frustrating experiences in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with others. Thank you for stopping by. Craig Herberg
Unhelpful tech support guy: Technical support. How may we humiliate you?
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: I just got a call from the IRS. They said they are suing me.
Unhelpful tech support guy: Did they demand cash payment?
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Yes, they did. How did you know?
Unhelpful tech support guy: They have been cash only for years. Just bring me the money, and I will take care of it for you.
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Thank you so much. You make it so easy.
Unhelpful tech support guy: Thank you for the kind words and for calling technical support, where a stupid answer is only a phone call away. Woo woo! That’s our third victim today.