IRS Phone Scammer Busted in India

For the past several years, KeepBailing has posted a number of blogs about various phone scams.  Phone scams are about a dime a dozen these days, and con artists aren’t above using bail bonds scams, charity scams and IRS scams to swindle people out of their money.

Catching these crooks has been easier said than done, until now.

Newser.com reports that police in India have arrested an IRS scam mastermind who is believed to have swindled more than $300 million from US residents!

The defendant, 24-year-old Sagar “Shaggy” Thakkar, and roughly 390 co-defendants are now in a whole world of trouble.  The “call center operators” called as many as 15,000 US residents, posed ass IRS agents and used all sorts of scare tactics to demand “back taxes” be paid immediately.  In most cases, they told the victims the money would need to be paid using a pre-paid credit card. Once the “IRS agents” got the card numbers, the victims found themselves having lost substantial amounts of money.

Police say that Thakkar is a very smart, very regular guy who figured this would be a way to get his hands on fast cash

His fast and furious lifestyle has since come to an end. Authorities say he’s being charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, extortion and impersonation.

Original article: IRS phone scam’s mastermind used America Accents

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