Let me preface this by saying that my company (Mutual of Omaha) is based out of that same city in NE. So when I got a call early this morning here in Honolulu from a Lincoln, NE phone number; I took the call. It turns out that it was a scamming operation. On the line was a recorded voice impersonating the IRS. It mentioned a lawsuit and instructed me to call (402)601-5198.
To my frustration, that same number called me again one hour later. This time I wanted more information. So of course, I “G’d” them. As it turns out, this is a well-documented scam. But what escapes me is the fact that they can pull it off; or at least attempt to. With all of our advanced technologies to catch and to prosecute criminals (i.e. DNA testing, etc.), why in the world is this seemingly lower level tech fraud (a specific phone number) not being traced back to the slimy, callous scammer. It must be more involved than I realize. Or maybe, knowing our PC-generation, there are privacy measures at work–protections for the criminals, the very people trying to scam us. Wouldn’t surprise me.
As a businessperson, it’s mind boggling to me to think of this whole operational system being set-up, with the only intent and mission being to scam another person. We’ve all heard it said, “if they would only redirect their energies…” But heck, this is the reality of the world we live in, so watch out for the bogus, be vigilant and don’t give these criminals the pleasure of suckering you. When the hair on the back of your neck tells you that something is fishy (like, “I don’t owe the IRS!”) be smart, step back and stay vigilant against the “bogus” out there. Remain semper vigilans (always vigilant).
Finally, to be very clear: The real IRS will not initiate contact with you by phone.