IRS scammer calling on phone

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This woman perfectly deals with scammer posing as an IRS agent

Scammers posing as the IRS are the worst. This woman is the best.


David Britton

Internet Culture

People who pose as fake IRS representatives and try to scam unsuspecting people deserve your ire. It takes a particular kind of jerk to combine the IRS, telemarketing, and thievery into one occupation. You might have received a phone call from one of these scammers. Hopefully, you just hung up and didn’t give them any money.

Hadeel al-Massari of Seattle, Washington had different plans.  She had quite the conversation with her would-be-scammer and published it all on Twitter.

Well, that might have been a mistake—those mattresses are so comfortable! She clearly already has one, or maybe she’s more of a Leesa person? Who knows. At any rate, the scammer seemed to have no interest in al-Massari’s quality of sleep, which just reinforces what an inconsiderate jerk they are.

Naturally, people saw al-Massari as a hero, doing what all of us secretly want to do when we get one of these phone calls.

People have been asking al-Massari to post the audio for the call, but as she points out, in Washington state that would require the consent of both parties, not something she’s likely to get.

As a side note, she also doesn’t want to be on your podcast.

According to the official IRS website, calls like these are very common. The IRS adds that it will never:

  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Call you about an unexpected refund.

Too bad about that last thing. You can read the IRS’ post about phone scams in its entirety here.

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