“A Real-Life Tax Scam: This Is What IRS Phone Fraud Sounds Like” – NPR

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“The Internal Revenue Service says it’s seeing a surge in phone scams. More than 5,000 victims have been duped out of $26.5 million since late 2013. It’s hard to know what exactly con artists are thinking when they target their victims. But now, we know what they are saying.

“Before we get started, keep this in mind: The IRS says it doesn’t call about outstanding taxes without first mailing you a bill.

“Pindrop Security, an Atlanta-based company that investigates phone fraud, recently gave NPR a recording. It’s a grueling conversation, more than an hour long, between an active fraud ring and a presumed victim, who is in reality a Pindrop researcher.”

This article contains “five key parts of the recorded conversation between the fraudsters, posing as IRS agents, and the target, who is secretly a Pindrop researcher.”

Click here to continue reading this NPR article in its entirety and to listen to the recordings.

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