News 12 at 6, June 22, 2007
AUGUSTA--Imagine getting a call from a scammer who already has almost all of the information needed to steal you identity.
That's just what one Augusta woman says happened to her.
The call came in from a person posing as an I.R.S. Agent.
And he had most of Eula Kirk's information: her name, social security number and even knew how long she had been paying back taxes.
Over the years, Eula Kirk has gathered hundreds of collectibles. But not too long ago, it was someone else trying to do the collecting on her.
He said, I'm calling from the I.R.S. We decided we are going to give you a 5-thousand dollar refund." she said.
Anyone that's dealt with the internal revenue service knows that would be highly unusual, luckily, Eula knew that.
"I said, oh really, why is the I.R.S. being so good to me?" she said.
Eula knew it seemed like a scam, but then the caller revealed that he already had some of her confidential information.
"He had my complete name, social security number and knew my exact year of my back taxes." she said.
Then he asked for her banking information so that he could get her refund to her, but she knew if she gave that information the caller could wipe out her accounts.
"I said you must think I'm stupid." she said.
An I.R.S. Spokesperson says this is a scam, but how did the caller get eula's personal information?
Well, social security numbers can be gathered on the internet, if you know the places to go.
With that information, the I.R.S. says the back tax information can be easily found.
But the bank information, that's the hard part and unless a scammer can fool someone into giving it, you're safe. Eula knew that. The only thing she gave him was a piece of her mind.
"What I will do is report you to the I.R.S., to the Federal Trade Commission and to one of our local news stations that reports scum like you. Get a job." she said.
An I.R.S. Spokesperson says if you receive a call from someone claiming to be the I.R.S. and you're uncomfortable, you can always get that person's name and id number and call back to confirm that they are legitimate.
If it's a scammer, you'll know pretty quickly