Federal authorities warn against IRS phone scam

Updated:

Loading

CENTRAL FLORIDA - Federal authorities are warning taxpayers of a new type of scam that involves people posing as IRS and FBI agents to steal money.

WFTV reporter Kenneth Craig talked to a woman who was targeted and found out the scammers have gotten away with millions of dollars.        

The victims said they receive threatening calls demanding money.

Narissa Jenkins said she got a call and a voicemail three times.

"That said, don't disregard this call. It's very important that you call us back," Jenkins said, describing the call.

When she called back, Jenkins was transferred to a person who claimed he was from the IRS and working with the FBI.

Authorities said the scammers threaten people who answer and tell them they owe back taxes. The callers tell people if they do not pay, they could be charged.

"Asking for wire transfers, asking for Visa gift cards, cash put on Visa gift cards to pay the IRS," said Jenkins.

The IRS said it has received 90,000 complaints to their hotline and have identified at least 1,100 victims, who have lost a total of $5 million.

Jenkins said she did not fall for the scam.

"Horribly angry, because there are so many people, I'm sure, who've gotten these kinds of calls and gone through the process with them and have given them money they didn't owe," said Jenkins.

Anyone who receives a call is encouraged file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

The IRS said the scammers are using fake names and badge numbers, and they may even know personal information, including social security numbers.