HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Christine Duley received a threatening message from what she thought was the IRS.
Duley received this message on her phone, “This call is officially a final notice from IRS. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.” Duley says when she heard the words lawsuit and IRS. She panicked and called the number right back.
Duley described her conversation, “He said that they were from the IRS and they are going to take my pay away and they are going to come get me at my address and take me to jail that I owed money.” Duley says the caller was convincing. “He told me his name, Paul Andersen and his badge number and had me verify my first and last name, my social security number and where I lived,” said Duley.
The IRS impostor somehow knew her personal information even down to the dollar on what she got back on last year’s taxes. “He told me that I owed taxes from 2008-2015 with the figure amount that I received back that I had to pay that back to them,” said Duley.
The caller demanded thousands of dollars in back taxes from Duley. Thinking she owed the government money, in just seconds she was victimized by a widespread scheme. “He asked me to verify my first and last name, my address, my social and I gave it to him,” added Duley.
The IRS tells News 8 they won’t reach out to taxpayers by phone, e-mail or social media to notify them of an audit, refund or balance due. When the IRS contacts you for the first time it will always be in writing.
After all this happened, Duley contacted the IRS and her bank. Duley said, “I called my bank, the creditors and put a red flag on everything.” She says she learned the hard way. Duley said, “He just caught me off guard. I thought it was for real. I was afraid. It’s the IRS. You don’t fool around with the IRS.”
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