Local man threatened by IRS scammer

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SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man who was taken aback by a fraudulent call he received and wanted to warn others before they fall victim to the tax scam.

Elmer Rodriguez recently received a call from a woman claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

“[The woman] said that I had committed a tax fraud and to be prepared with a lawyer because I may need one,” said Rodriguez. “They know my phone, they know where I live.”

During Rodriguez’s phone call, the scammer tried to collect $4,000.

“There’s going to be somebody at your door in about half an hour with a warrant of arrest,” he said.

The San Diego veteran kept asking the woman questions and finally the woman hung up.

“I think of older people who might fall victim to these scams,” said Rodriguez. He contacted Fox 5 to warn others about the tax season scam.

Scammers are getting more aggressive and smarter using spoofing software to generate phone numbers with familiar area codes that appear on your caller ID, said IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino. In some cases, scammers have been noted to know the last four digits of their victim’s social security number.

“Under no circumstance is the IRS going to call you out of the blue,” said Tulino. “If you get one of these calls, just hang up."

“They can really sound convincing,” said Tulino.

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