Phone Phishing Scam

Something happened today that I think we all need to know about.  This is not a chain letter.  This is composed by my hand, today.

I received a text from my grandfather’s care taker today that stated that he received a phone call from the “IRS” stating that they were opening a lawsuit against him.  She gave me the number to check it out.  The call was from the number 317-560-2737 of Franklin, Indiana.

I called and the phone was answered “IRS, how can I help you?” Everyone knows the IRS does not answer the phone this way.  You always have to hear a recording and then have to wait forever to speak to a live person. This person had a Spanish accent (not that it matters, these are just the facts of the situation.)

I identified myself and asked about the situation at hand.  They told me that there were “many mistakes on many years tax returns” They asked me if I was calling from the number that they called I told them no, that I was calling form another number.  They asked for the number that was called.  I gave them my grandparent’s phone number.  They identified first my grandmother and then my grandfather by name.  When I pressed for more information I was hung up on.

I called again and asked why he hung up on me.  I asked to speak with his supervisor.  He said he was the supervisor,

I told him, “I don’t think so.” And he hung up on me.

I again called back and said immediately that I wanted to speak to his supervisor to which he replied “you don’t need to talk to him.”

I replied “yes, I do.”

He said “Hang on.” And the phone went dead.

Now livid, I called back again and immediately told him that I didn’t appreciate him hanging up on me multiple times and that I believe that this is a scam.  I told him I would be calling the IRS to find out more information regarding this alleged lawsuit.

I asked. “Why do you have to victimize the elderly?  I am going to report you and you will be in big trouble.”

He said “Fuck you.” And hung up the phone.

I googled the number 317-560-2737 and I learned not only that the call is a Verizon wireless number but others have received calls from this number as well.   This led me to the FTC website for complaints.  That web site is:  I reported this phone number to them and let them know the situation in which this call was received.

This led me to do some more research for answers  From the IRS website:


IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. 

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Info from

I spoke to my good friend who works within the IRS and she says that the IRS will never call first!  They have your address and will ALWAYS send multiple letters in an attempt to reach you prior to calling.   She also told me the IRS doesn’t call unless you call them first. Finally the IRS letters will have an 1-800 number on them to talk about the case.

This has all the signs of an IRS imposter scam. In fact, the IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment, won’t demand a specific form of payment, and won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away.

Phishing Voicemail (video)


The moral of the story is don’t get taken for a ride by a scammer.  If you receive a call from this number 317-560-2737 or any other number that seems like a scam or if you receive a phishing email report it at  Help   Help yourself and help others avoid fraud.


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The Atlas Collection is now LIVE!!!

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A captivating extension of our “A Nordic Tale”  collection, these pieces recall the natural phenomena + legendary folklore of the village Vik,off coastal Iceland. Mystic  semi-precious rock crystals call upon the region’s pristine glacial valleys, while bold jet black stones speak to the breathtaking volcanic sands. Set in faceted geometric shapes + angles inspired by sleek Scandinavian design, add a touch of instant cool to your look with these modern, on-trend treasures!

The Diva Cup -first time use.

Last time I had my cycle I ordered the Diva cup. I wanted to get off the buying feminine product treadmill once and for all.  

Today is the first day of my current cycle. Fairly heavy so I located my Diva cup in its cute little draw string bag  

I decided to try my insert in the shower figuring water may ease insertion. The instructions state that you should fold into itself to make a smaller area to insert. I did that. It went in okay but the stem could still be felt outside so I pushed attempted to push it in further. It felt very weird and I could feel it like using too big a tampax for the amount of flow.  It was so obvious it was there sill. Because it is designed to sit lower in the vaginal canal,  I wondered if it was supposed to be felt. (Tampons if inserted correctly should not be felt and they generally sit higher in the canal closer to the cervix.)

Thankfully, after about 10 minutes I could no longer feel it.  So Yay.  I threw on a back up panty liner and loaded my purse with an appropriate sized tampon just in case. 

The Days Result:

I wore it about 10 hours (you can wear it up to 12 hours).  At first it was difficult to get out but then I remember reading about how you should bear down to make removal easier and it really did make it much easier. 

I emptied it into the toilet and then washed it with Diva Wash which is an all natural cleanser. (I ordered it with my Diva Cup. )  I then put it back in for the night.

No leaks!!! Remarkable. I am very happy with this.  

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We are currently running a campaign for Pinktober! Sparkle for a Cause. It is to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.  10% of all sales from this select group of pieces go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. They are some pretty pieces and some of them are a lovely shade of pink. I ordered this one.

So pretty right???  There are other gorgeous pieces to be had.  Please click the link above and take a look!

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