If you are a regular reader of our blog, you are aware of the many different types of IRS scams that are out there, including telephone calls by scammers to unsuspecting taxpayers threatening them with deportation or immediate arrest if they fail to pay a bogus tax liability.
On October 6, 2016, 70 call center employees in India were arrested for engaging in IRS telephone scams. The question remains, however, whether these individuals will be extradited to the United States for criminal prosecution. Although it is unlikely that all 70 scammers will be sent to the United States for prosecution, the possibility remains strong that the ringleaders of the scam will be criminally prosecuted in the United States.
The United States and India have extradition treaties that apply to criminal offenses if the criminal offense is a felony, which these IRS telephone scams are. The United States can demand the extradition of these individuals because the scam occurred via telephone or internet and they were placed to or answered in the United States.
Have you received a bogus telephone call from an IRS scammer? We receive at least one call per day from people that are the subject of an attempted IRS scam because they are uncertain whether to make a payment to the “IRS” even though they believe that they do not owe any money to the IRS. Don’t fall for these scams.
Do you have unfiled tax returns or unpaid liability due to the IRS? Call us, we can help.