EUGENE, OR. -- A Eugene couple said they have been getting harrassing scam calls from people claiming to be the IRS.
But when they called the scammers back, things took a turn.
The wife, who we can only call "Serenity" for her safety, said she has had a history of people trying to make her a victim.
Because of an incident that happened several years ago, she said she refuses to let anyone try to victimize her.
So when these scam calls kept happening, she wanted to give them a piece of her mind.
"I made it very clear. You will not be doing this to me, and I will go to the top if I have to to bring you people down."
"Serenity" said she and her husband have been getting these phone calls for about four months.
It's mainly her husband who gets these calls, and he said they happen at all ours of the day.
A voicemail from one of the calls said, "Custody by the local police, as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request that you get back to us, so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you."
The message goes on to give you a number to call them back with.
The couple checked with the IRS and confirmed that it was in fact a scam, and reported it to police and the District Attorney's office, which is exactly what Scott McKee with Springfield Police said you should do.
"Be very cautious of anyone that calls and starts demanding money for any reason," said McKee. "And if they mention a legitimate government entity, contact that entity through their legitimate contact and just verifty what's going on."
But the scammers wouldn't let up, so "Serenity" called them back to confront them.
During the confrontation, the man on the other end of the call became overly aggressive.
"When I told him again, no, you're not IRS, do not call my number anymore, he proceeded to tell me, well, every which way possible and impossible a human being could be raped and killed, and that he was going to do this to me," said "Serenity."
McKee said it's because of harrassment like this, and the possibility of manipulation, that police urge you not to call these scammers back.
"If you call, then they sort of have you on the line, and that's how people get really manipulated. It's sad, but true."
"Serenity" said she knows she's not really in any danger from this scammer, but wants to let others know how dangerous this could be to your mental and financial well-being.
"Don't be a victim," she said. "You don't have to be. To me, if you act strong and you carry yourself strong, you portray yourself strong, they don't victimize you. They leave you be."
McKee said the best thing you can do is write down those numbers, block them, and report them to police.
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