IRS Scam Warning

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is warning others after he took a call from an IRS scam artist.8-20 IRS SCAM PIC

Alex Aanderud says he got a call Wednesday from someone claiming to be from the Department of Legal Affairs with the Internal Revenue Service.

He says they claimed they were going to take legal action against him because his CP503, a tax account was overdue.

He says the caller claimed they’d passed the point of taking money and they’d be issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Aanderud wasn’t convinced.

He pressed the caller further, asking more detailed questions.

He says he was then transferred to a man named Chris Harris.

Through internet searches, he found the name was of an actual IRS agent in Washington.

But Aanderud says they never directly asked for money.

“We’re not able to take money from you, we’re not able to take money from you. We’re just calling to let you know that this is your final chance that you’ve got an arrest warrant coming up. And what they were looking for was an individual to say, which is what I said is ‘what would it take for me not to have this arrest warrant,” said Aanderud.

Aanderud says the caller posing as Chris Harris told him they normally can’t do anything but he could drop off cash at a local Albertons.

He says he just wants to make sure the community is aware of this scam.

Eugene Police say there’s been hundreds of IRS scams during this tax season.

They say to remember the government will never call you over the phone asking for money.

You’ll normally get a formal notice in the mail or someone in person at your door.


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  1. Tim says:

    I just received the same call. Someone threatened to send an agent to arrest me. I told them that I didn’t think this is real and would call the IRS directly.

  2. Darrell says:

    I just (October 15, 2014) had a very similar call. They referenced the CP503 form, said there was a miscalculation on my 2010 federal form and that it was “too late”: there were agents on their way to my house to arrest me! At that point it was pretty insane. I made some excuse that I had an emergency and had to call them back. I then called my tax preparer’s office and was told about similar IRS scams going around.

    They made it all sound extremely dire. Both men I talked to had Indian accents, but, like the example above, the one name I got was very American-sounding (Kevin Smith).

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