An Indian national has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a call center scam that tricked Americans out of millions of dollars by impersonating federal officials, the Department of Justice announced in a statement on Monday.
“Those who fell victim were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing general purpose reloadable (GPR) cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of ‘runners’ based in the United States to liquidate and launder the fraudulently obtained funds,” the Department of Justice said.
#IRS will NEVER demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Also, we don't call out of the blue about an unexpected refund. Here’s how to handle these scammers: https://t.co/xZNKwFNxDY #IRSTaxTip— IRStaxsecurity (@IRStaxsecurity) November 23, 2020
The IRS has issued many warnings over the years not to fall victims to these scams, adding that individuals would never be required to make payments over the phone.