So, I'm checking my voicemail the other day and hear an automated message from the "IRS" stating that I need to call them immediately at the number they left regarding some "issue".

The message also stated that I need to call soon to keep from being "prosecuted".

Really? I don't think so...

This is a scam from the word "go". Number one, if the real IRS contacts you for the first time, it's ALWAYS through the mail. There are also many other reasons that this is a scam, and you will find them right here.

I'm not a person who throws up red flags, but make sure that the people you know and care about are aware of these scams that could result in their identities being stolen.

Be aware...and be safe.