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5604IRS Warns of Phone Scam

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  • Cathy Plevy
    Jun 26, 2014
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      The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people
      across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be
      from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a
      pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who
      refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or
      driver’s license.

      The callers who commit this fraud often:

      ●Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
      ●Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
      ●Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
      ●Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
      ●Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID
      again supports their claim.

      The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by
      phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using
      a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for
      a credit card number over the phone.

      If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a
      payment, here’s what to do:

      ●If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and
      call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment
      ●If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the
      Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
      ●You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at
      FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

      Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will
      never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any
      social media. You should forward scam emails to phishing@....
      Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.

      Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website, www.irs.gov.

      Catherine E. Plevy
      Assistant to the Chief of Police
      Public Information Officer (PIO)
      Office of the Chief of Police
      7500 Maple Avenue
      Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
      (301) 891-7142 - desk
      (240) 338-2901 - cell