You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Woman mistakes real IRS for scam and ignores officer

Kathy Robbins vowed not to fall for IRS scams, so when someone claiming to be with the agency left a note on her mailbox, she ignored it.

That person really was with the IRS.

>> Read more trending news 

She found an IRS business card and note, filled out by hand, taped to her mailbox.

"It just didn't look right," Robbins said. "I've never heard of any legitimate IRS communication where you just take an unclosed document and Scotch tape it on someone's mailbox."

She disregarded it and was so committed to warning others, she reached out to WSOC.

"I'm just hoping that we can get the word out and it won't continue," she said

In addition, she felt scammers coming to her home really crossed the line.

"That's the shocker of it all," Robbins said.

IRS officers will come to your home.

LINK: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

They said they try to reach most people by mail first, but if that doesn't work, they'll make house calls, usually for an overdue tax bill, or to tour a business as part of an audit or criminal investigation.

In those cases, they "may leave their business card and a copy of the original notice in someone's mailbox or on their door."

If an IRS officer visits you, he or she will always show you two forms of official identification, including a federal ID.

A business card does not count. 

"[The business card and note] didn't really look too professional, but it did have professional tones to it," Robbins said. 

Robbins said one of her tax returns was late and she's paying it.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Nation & World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. >> Read more trending news The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision...
Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash
Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash

Jonathan Gonzalez loved being outside. Like many 13-year-olds, the Wellington, Florida, resident loved football, basketball, fishing and just being with friends. On Sunday he told his mother, Maria, he was going outside for a bit. Like she told him every time he’d go out to play, she said “Be careful.” Gonzalez recounted how...
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

Fear not April the giraffe fans!  The New York’s Animal Adventure Park announced on Facebook that April’s giraffe cam is coming back soon--and permanently! The camera will be live every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. according to its Facebook post. “A permanent yard cam will go up this season which will also reconnect you to...
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

A noise complaint turned into a dance party for a police officer in San Antonio, and it was all caught on video. Someone made a complaint that music was too loud when a child’s dance club set up a dance floor. >> Read more trending news But instead of shutting the party down, police joined the teens on the dance floor, showing them the...
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

You never know what could be stashed away in a dusty records office.  Two researchers do know and they made the discovery of a lifetime, thanks to a one-line entry in a catalog from a records office in England, The Washington Post reported. The entry read “Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen...
More Stories