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Mumbai raid shuts down call center responsible for scam IRS robocalls

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New Scam Targetting People During Tax Season

CROMWELL– One of the most persistent scams reported to Better Business Bureau involves impostors who call unwitting consumers, pretending to be with the Internal Revenue Service, and use threats to extort money from frightened victims. An intervention by law enforcement in India appears to have reduced the number of calls reporter to BBB to a trickle.

Since the arrests of 70 suspects and shutting down of a the Mumbai, India, call center, BBB reports the number of complaints from victims has dropped from an average of 200 reports weekly about IRS impostor scams, down to 11 reports in the past week, a decline of nearly 95 percent.

“This is a dramatic leap forward for law enforcement and consumers, “says Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz in a statement. “This a positive development that will hopefully lead to the continued dismantling of additional networks used to commit fraud.”

The IRS Impostor scam has bilked millions of dollars from American consumers.

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