Caller ID Scam Returns

posted May 1, 2017, 6:14 AM by Ryan Quinn
Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) warned consumers about the resurgence of fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone calls.  

In this nationwide scam, callers are threatened by imposter IRS agents who claim they owe back taxes and demand immediate payment over the phone. 

Now the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is reporting that a number of taxpayers have received calls over the past couple of weeks that have "spoofed" the phone number for DOR's Milwaukee office on caller ID displays.  

These are scammers calling, there is no legitimacy to their claims, and they do not represent DOR despite the caller ID information. 

Caller ID spoofing is a common characteristic in many phone scams because it allows scammers to misrepresent who they are, who they represent and what number they are actually calling from. 

Never trust your caller ID when you question the legitimacy of a phone call, especially if the caller is demanding money or sensitive information.