Fake IRS agents calling people in San Diego

Team 10 Troubleshooter calls scammers

SAN DIEGO - Fake IRS agents are calling people all over San Diego and trying to scam them out of money.

Several people contacted Team 10 saying they are getting so many calls that they are scared to even answer the phone.

Mary Gray receives at least four calls a day from scammers saying she won millions of dollars and luxury cars in a contest.

"Maybe I did win? I have no idea," said Gray.

She just had to pay $700 to get it.

"He said, 'You're stupid. You done won the money. Why don't you want it?'" said Gray when she started questioning the man on the phone.

Gray said the calls changed and the person on the other end started saying he was with the Internal Revenue Service.

"It makes me feel scared because I don't want to deal with no IRS," said Gray. She said an agent named Frank said the IRS had money for Gray to claim and left a number for her to call.

Team 10 Troubleshooter Cristin Severance called it and even though they knew nothing about her, they said she won $10.8 million and a Mercedes from the IRS. 

All she had to do was pay $8,999, but the "agent" hung up when she asked what state he was calling from.

There, of course, was no money or cars for Severance or Gray and no IRS agent named Frank.

"Those are scams," said IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino. He said the IRS would never contact someone out of the blue and tell them they won money.

If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, call 1-800-829-1040.

If you know that you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

If you have been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS telephone scam" to the comments of your complaint.

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