|Published:||Nov 15, 2013 6:31 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 15, 2013 6:37 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- When the tax man calls, chances are he's not really who he says he is.
A Fort Myers woman said she dealt with scam calls claiming to be from the IRS for days.
Linda Hunter said she received two phone calls on Saturday, starting before 9 a.m.; plus a call before 7 a.m. on Monday.
"It was a man from the IRS calling me, telling me I was deficient on my last tax payment," Hunter said.
Hunter said she was instructed to call a different phone number for instructions on how to pay her taxes, or face legal action.
When WINK News called the phone number, with a California area code, a man answered and identified himself as an IRS employee. When we identified ourselves and asked about Hunter's complaint, the man said he was speaking on his personal cell phone and that he did not know what we were referring to.
Hunter did not give any money to the caller.
A spokesman for the IRS says recent immigrants to the United States and the elderly are popular targets for these types of scams.
The spokesman said the IRS typically does not call taxpayers and it does not threaten people.
To verify the identity of someone calling, claiming to be with the IRS, call 1-800-291-1040.
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