West Seattle scam alert: Beware of phony “IRS” caller(s)

It might seem “no duh” to some but since this scammer targeted particularly vulnerable people, the elderly, it’s important to get the word out any way possible: The folks at Merrill Gardens on 35th gave us a flyer about a scam alert they’re distributing to residents, and asked if we would share it with you too – read on:

Here’s the text of the flyer they’re distributing:

Scam Alert

REMINDER to all Residents not to give out personal information to strangers.

We were recently made aware of a situation where someone called a … resident and stated they needed personal information for IRS purposes. The resident realized the call as a scam and told them not to call back and hung up.

If this should happen to you, get as much information as you can – the person’s name, the business name and phone number. We will report this information to the authorities. Please be SAFE!

Of course, if this happens to you, you’ll have to report it to the authorities yourself: Call police at 206-625-5011 and also, a special federal hotline: 800- 366-4484.

2 Replies to "West Seattle scam alert: Beware of phony "IRS" caller(s)"

  • D January 26, 2009 (6:21 pm)

    On a related note I recently heard something something on the radio about e-mail initiated IRS scamming. As part of the segment the IRS stated that they will never initiate contact with someone via email. Unfortunately I don’t know if the IRS has an email address to forward phishing scams like this to so they can work on shutting them down.

  • D January 26, 2009 (6:23 pm)

    Apparently they do have an address. I should have checked before I finished my post. It is phishing@irs.gov

    If you forward a scam email to that address you won’t get a response but hopefully it will help them shut down (or at least slow down) the scammer.

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