Local Business Owner Warns of IRS Phone Scam

These callers claim to be the IRS, say you owe money, and threaten to have you arrested if you do not pay.
By Michaela MacDonald
mmacdonald@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- A local business owner is warning of an IRS phone scam. These callers claim to be from the IRS, say you owe them money, and threaten to arrest you if you do not pay up.

"I didn't believe him anyway so, luckily I answered the phone, had it been my wife she probably would give them the information that they want and probably drain our bank account," said Tahn Rittiluechai.

Rittiluechai says he has had four of these phone calls, claiming that he owed back taxes and had to pay within half an hour or he would be arrested. He did not fall for it, but wanted to warn others of the scam.

"I want the citizens to know that things happened. I want them to be aware that it could be happening to them, and they can get a call like this and just don't fall for it," said Rittiluechai.

Retired IRS revenue officer Bobby Bowman says IRS employees are not allowed to threaten to arrest you. If you do owe money, they will start by sending notices in the mail.

"The first thing you do is do not send money, just do not do that under any circumstances. Call your attorney if you have one, call your accountant if you have one, call the IRS at the 800 number or go to the local office," said Bowman.
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