Columbus — Since BBB Scam Tracker began one year ago, one in four reports have been the tax scam (also known as the IRS scam). Recent research also shows the IRS scam is the top reported scam in Central Ohio, accounting for 25% of all reports. But Better Business Bureau has seen a dramatic drop in new reports on this scam since police in Mumbai, India, raided a call center earlier in October.
The tax scam involves call center con artists posing as IRS agents in the United States. They threaten their targets with financial penalties, lawsuits, and even arrest if they don’t pay the back taxes they supposedly owe. In a typical week, BBB Scam Tracker receives approximately 200 reports on tax scams. That number has dropped to just 11 reports of this scam in the past week, nearly a 95% decline.
According to news reports, there were 770 employees working at the Mumbai call center when the midnight raid was conducted; 70 were charged with fraud and other crimes as a result of the raid.
[Go to bbb.org/taxscam for BBB’s tips and a recording of a tax scam robocall]
BBB appreciates the efforts of the Mumbai police and the law enforcement agencies they worked with to close down this operation that has cost American and Canadian consumers millions of dollars.