"They were threatening legal action and potentially, also, jail time," said Larry Kerecman, who got a call from an IRS scammer just last week. “I was rather surprised to hear a very forcefully worded message saying that I had a problem with the IRS and needed to make immediate payment."
"Unfortunately, the IRS scam is successful enough that it comes back year after year," said Coffman. "It's really important to us to follow trends and to know those industries where we see consumers having the most issues."
The AG’s office settled or got judgements for consumers amounting to $50 million in restitution and penalties last year alone.