Scam Number: 1-516-862-9513
Domain Used: No Domain Discovered
I received an IRS call today (which is weird to receive in canada) from scammers with the following message.
“Thank you for connecting. I am the virtual assistant for margaret smith with central processing center for federal back tax negotiations. The purpose of her call was to make you aware that the government suspended the tax collection act and will settle all old tax debts that us residents may have within the past year. This means you are not going to need to pay back your past due taxes since they are non collectible and ready to be settled. Using our automated approval technology, you are now able to obtain enrollment information based on your current situation to user a automation and find the program you are approved for. You will need to write down the website. I will also deliver a text message that will provide a link to the program’s benefits. Press 1 if you would like to hear the website and receive a text message.”
I looked up Ms. Smith, and the reference I found is relating to a “Credit Lenders Service Agency” in New Jersey that on calling, routes to an automated voice system. I believe this company may not be directly responsible or involved at all, but could be involved as the people orchestrating the entire operation through the other companies i will mention below.
The actual scammers:
After doing some research, my info has led me to believe that “IP Horizon LLC” (https://iphorizon.com/), a Boca Raton, Florida company that seems to share ownership and/or management with HFA Holdings, Call48, and “V1 Voip”, is responsible for a large part of these scam calls, or orchestrating the network these scammers use. Their home site is very basic, and their LinkedIn reveals a lot about their staffing. They seem to be quite involved with everything regarding the scam, with other firms sharing the same staff under different umbrellas.
- https://www.linkedin.com/company/ip-horizon/ (Main Company page)
- https://www.linkedin.com/company/iphorizons/ ('law firm")
- https://www.linkedin.com/company/law-firm-of-naren-thappeta/ (iphorizons subsidiary)
- https://www.linkedin.com/company/ip-horizons/ (another subsidiary)
V1 VOIP seems to be the parent company, with the address: 7700 Congress Ave suite 3214, Boca Raton, FL 33487, USA. Their website has a linkedin and FB social page, but neither actually exist anymore. If you search V1VOIP on linkedin, there are 3 associates who have worked there.
The number that phoned me through their service, (1-516-862-9513), unlike most scammer numbers isn’t removed on failure to acquire a victim. I was easily able to call back. If you call, press 1 each time a voice appears to get past their automated bs. The number traces to Nassau Bay in New York State, and I am sure that they are not spoofing the number.
If anyone can do anything with this information, I wish you luck. This has been all ive been able to find in the past hour.