Local business owner falls victim to IRS impersonator scam
A scam affecting thousands nationwide targeted an Edinburg family last week.
On Wednesday, Leonel Salinas says while making a bank deposit, his wife noticed their business checking account was missing funds.
“They gave her the balance and she found out right away that we were missing money,” he said.
The Salinas say they were shorted over $1,500, a transaction that they did not approve. The bank statement attributed the debit to the IRS.
However, IRS officials tell the family they have no record of the matter.
“They keep telling me the same thing: they didn’t do it,” said Salinas of his conversations with IRS representatives. “It was fraud.”
Last year, the family received a phone call from someone purporting to be an IRS representative. They aren’t sure the two incidents are connected.
But Salinas is not the only ones falling victim to IRS impersonators.
Dolores Salinas, president of the Better Business Bureau serving South Texas said this type of scam is common and residents should remain vigilant.
“The IRS will not call you and will not demand payment,” she said. “They will not take debit or credit information from you over the phone.”
Salinas reiterates that the IRS will contact you by mail and give you an opportunity to make payments, if necessary.
As for Leonel, he doesn’t recall sharing any of his personal information with anyone and he said he’s learned a lesson from this incident.
“You need to check your account at least once a week, just to be on the safe side, which is what I’m going to do now,” he said.
If you need more information on how to report suspicious or fraudulent activity, contact the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org.