The IRS Does Not and Will Not Call You

A seasonal reminder that any call claiming to be from the IRS isn't real. It's a scam, a fake, a fraud, a swindle. You probably knew that already, but a recent article in Ars Technica had this interesting report about anti-fraud technology employed by Pindrop Security, a private firm:

"We can tell if it’s an international caller, over a land line or voice over IP call, uniquely fingerprinting the device that they are using to make the call from artifacts extracted from the audio," Nelms explained. "Using that information, we can create a signature, a phoneprint. The fraudster can change the phone number, or the voice, but still be identified."

Impressive if it's true. Would be interesting to use in a civil litigation context.