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Call Center Scammers Posing as Demanding IRS Agents Busted

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Dozens of call center scammers were arrested in India on Tuesday after they were caught posing as IRS agents and demanding money for years.

Seventy call center employees are allegedly involved in tax-related scams against American taxpayers, Forbes reported. The arrests came after police raided call centers located outside Mumbai.

A police spokesperson, who referred to the situation as an ongoing investigation, said the scammers were allegedly posing as IRS agents and officers when making calls to taxpayers in which they demanded payments and threatened citizens with prison time and deportation if they didn't cooperate, Forbes said.

Though taxpayers have consistently complained to the IRS and law enforcement agencies to take action against scammers, carrying out the investigation has been difficult, Forbes noted, because many of the calls are made outside of the U.S. using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology as an easy way to “trick” caller identification.

“In one case, one of the victims shelled out $60,000 just to escape a so-called raid on his house by taxmen,” Param Bir Singh, police commissioner of Thrane, India, told the Economic Times. He said the amount stolen was “mind-boggling” and that the current investigation “could be the tip of the iceberg.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, these call centers were making as much as $150,000 a day by scamming American taxpayers, with some settling for payments as low as $500 and others getting several thousands of dollars in one-time payments.

“The accused had spoofed the toll number of [the Internal Revenue Service]. So when the victim received a call, [call identification for the IRS] would flash on their phone,” Singh told The Indian Express.

Police suspect there may be other business partners involved who shared profits with the call centers, the Economic Times reported.

Seized documents and hardware are currently being verified and investigated for more information.

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