It's a sure sign that it is tax season when the scam artists start calling posing as IRS agents.

An Osage Beach senior citizen was the intended victim of just such a scam this wee


It's a sure sign that it is tax season when the scam artists start calling posing as IRS agents.
An Osage Beach senior citizen was the intended victim of just such a scam this week.

Instead of falling for it, she called and reported the incident to the police department.

OBPD Sgt. Arlyne Page said the woman had learned enough from reading crime prevention and indentity theft information to know something was amiss when she was asked over the phone to update the information in her IRS file.

The caller started by confirming her address.  He provided the address for her so that she could confirm it.  He then wanted her date of birth.  Page said at that point the woman was already suspicious and asked him for his business address.  He told her the location and she, being armed with knowledge, promptly told him that the IRS didn’t have an office in the city the man had named. 

This intended victim used common sense, Page said, and them reported it to the police warn others warn others.  
"If she would have continued to answer his questions, he would have eventually gained access to her banking information," Page said.  "It is tax time and the scammers are going to be crawling out of their little holes to make victims out of people who weren’t as savvy."

Page said confirming someone's address is one of the ways scammers try to gain victim's trust.