You may have received a robo-call with a female voice that said the following: “We have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from IRS, the internal revenue service. The reason of this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 360-362-4254″
The area code 360 is very cleverly western Washington outside of Seattle, but it looks official when you see the “Washington” caller ID. First thing I thought was “wrong mark!” and of course I got really interested to see if I could call them back and mess with them, but the line was busy. Too bad, that would have been fun but don’t try this at home.
However, this is another heads-up that these social engineering attacks are happening all the time and are targeting the unsuspecting.
It is tax season and cybercriminals are trying to make money off this opportunity. At the moment, massive amounts of robo-calls are being made claiming that the IRS is suing you, with a callback number in Washington. The same is happening with IRS phishing emails. Don’t try to call the number, and delete the emails. These scammers use high pressure tactics to extort your money. Remember to never give out personal information to anyone unless YOU have initiated the contact.