WNY residents targeted by fake IRS calls


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —  Residents in western New York are again the target of phony IRS calls.

The Orchard Park Police Department is warning residents that these calls are a scam. Callers claiming to be agents, officers or officials of the IRS are informing recipients that a lawsuit is being filed against them to receive back taxes. Police said these callers can be very persuasive, even threatening to those who are skeptical.

A real call from the IRS will never be threatening, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

“The scammers, the way they are threatening people, is not the way we do business,” Koskinen said. “We will never ask people to make a payment, and demand it on the phone. Even if you expect to hear from us, that is not the way we do it.”

The first time the IRS contacts those with back taxes or issues is always by a letter, Koskinen said. So if a letter hasn’t been received — he said the calls are almost guaranteed to be fake.

Calls like this circulate the area frequently. Less than a month ago residents complained about another wave of phony calls. 

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