Here we go again! **
My cell phone rang with a call from Washington, D. C.
I was happy because I have family living in the Washington, D. C. area.
“Maybe that’s Ellen!”
Then, I remembered that she lives in Alexandria.
Plus, her number is in my phonebook and her name would appear, if indeed, she were calling.
I did not recognize the number.
So, I resorted to my fall-back plan:
Whenever a phone call comes in from an unknown number, I do not answer.
My theory is that the caller will leave a voice mail. Then, I will call them back if appropriate.
If the caller does not leave a voicemail then I assume it is not an important or relevant call.
Or it is a robo call.
Just Google the Number
No voice mail.
So, I googled 202-580-8464.
Here’s what I read on the http://www.800notes.com website.
“Did you get a call from 2025808464? Read below to find out details about this number. Also report unwanted calls to help identify who is using this phone number.
“23 Feb 2017 |
Computer generated voice from a phone number registered as a cell phone: “My name is Officer Marcus Brown and I am calling from the Criminal Investigation division of IRS. The matter at this end is extremely time-sensitive and urgent. As after audit we found that there was a fraud and misconduct on your tax which you are hiding from the government.This needs to be rectified immediately so return the call as soon as you receive the call.” The IRS will NEVER contact you in this manner, EVER. Do NOT call back.”
So, I share this with you as a reminder that we always have to be careful as the criminals are always out there ready to part us from our money!
Here’s a link to the IRS website for US citizens. Help with Identity Theft, Fraud, Phishing