A man impersonating an Internal Revenue Service agent tried to collect $2,500 from a man in Oklahoma, claiming he owed back taxes.

The impostor came to the man’s front door last Thursday and demanded money for past-due 2009 tax filings, according to the Tahlequah Daily Press. He produced a business card with an employee ID number and a photo ID, but not an IRS badge.

The victim had already paid his taxes and was suspicious. He called the IRS, while his wife spoke with the impostor. The IRS informed her that they would have first made an appointment, and the man should have been driving an official vehicle and shown them an official badge.

The employee ID number on the business card was not on file with the IRS, so the victim called 911. The IRS impersonator left when they told him they had already paid their taxes, but they were able to copy down the number on his license plate. Police were able to trace the license plate to a man in Tulsa.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Accounting Today content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access