Here are some practices used by the scammers that taxpayers should watch out for:
- Use of automated robocall machine.
- Caller gives fake IRS badge numbers.
- Caller knows last four digits of victim's social security number.
- Caller ID is changed to appear as if the IRS is the caller.
- A fake IRS e-mail is sent supporting the scammer's claims.
- Follow-up calls are made claiming to be from the police department or motor vehicle licensing office, with caller ID again supporting the claim.