A few months ago I started receiving voicemails from the IRS.
They were filing a lawsuit against me. For something.
It wasn’t clear what it was.
The message told me this would be my final chance to clear things up.
I got that message like fifteen times.
That was the first indication that strange things were afoot at the Circle K.
I knew it was a crock of shit.
But many people fall victim to these things.
Having gone through a pretty big financial hardship that spanned four years, I am no stranger to what credit card companies, mortgage companies, hospitals, and the IRS will do to get the money that you owe them.
But here are a few things I can assure you:
1) The IRS does not accept Target or Walmart or Amazon or any other type of gift card as a form of payment.
2) The IRS does not outsource employees to India.
3) When you find yourself on the receiving end of a financial lawsuit, the company/business/organization you owe money to might call you and leave messages. But they will definitely notify you by mail. Multiple times. In every possible form. You will receive notice via regular mail, Fed Ex, certified letters, and possibly carrier pigeon. And so will your spouse.
Fortunately for all of us, the douchebags in India who scammed thousands of people by calling them and telling them they were being sued by the IRS have finally been busted.
So far, according to ABC27 News, 70 people have been arrested, with hundreds more being questioned.
But these are not the first assholes to screw over innocent people. And they won’t be the last.
If you find yourself in this situation where you receive a call from someone claiming to be from, um, anywhere, even a company you think might be a real one, first, listen to your gut.
If your first reaction is, What? or This seems weird…, well, take their information down, get the number, trust your gut, and hang up the fucking phone!
There is never a time when it’s so urgent that you need to make a decision or agree to anything right there on the spot.
Trust me. I know.
Then, if you are unsure, contact someone who knows what the hell is going on. Call the company directly. If you are in such a shitty financial situation that you are avoiding contacting or calling any of those creditors (I’ve been there too), then talk to a friend who has their shit together and knows about this stuff. Definitely talk to your husband or wife before you do anything.
And if you happen to receive a fishy IRS phone call, report it to the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page, or call 800-366-4484.
F*ck you scammers!
May you sit in a jail cell watching the same episode of Caillou for all of eternity.