Danbury resident warns of bogus phone calls

A Danbury resident reports getting a threatening-sounding voicemail in which the caller claims to be from the IRS and demands a return call to a New York phone number. He ends the message with a vague threat that if the call is not returned, “good luck.”

Any time you get a call from someone trying to push you into immediate action using fear-based tactics, stop and think before you act. Don’t fall victim to a scam.

In this case, one of the things that alerted the recipient to the possibly bogus nature of the call was that it was a non-specific message automated message.

The resident who received the message is contacting the police about it.

Here is information from the IRS website, www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing, on how to handle a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS if you think it might not be legitimate :

Phone call:

  1. Ask for a call back number and employee badge number.
  2. Contact the IRS to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
  3. If you determine the person calling you is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you, call them back.

Letter or notice via paper mail:

  1. Contact the IRS to determine if the mail is a legitimate IRS letter.
  2. If it is a legitimate IRS letter, reply if needed.

If caller or party that sent the paper letter is not legitimate, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

Carolyn Mueller