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Crime Prevention Alert! Significant Increase in Recent Attempts to Scam Residents

Crime Prevention Alert! - Significant increase in recent attempts to scam residents - criminals posing as IRS

We have had a significant increase reported by residents over the last few days, that criminal scam artists posing as IRS officials, are attempting to lure residents over the telephone and email phishing in order to gain access to their personal information or financial accounts. We would ask that you please pass this information on to your neighbors, family, and friends so that they do not become victim to this crime.                                  &​nbsp;             

*The following resource information provided by: IRS Tax Tip 2016-19*:

Scams using the IRS as a lure continue. They take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. They may try to steal your identity too.

Be wary if you get an out-of-the-blue phone call or automated message from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Sometimes they say you owe money and must pay right away. Other times they say you are owed a refund and ask for your bank account information over the phone. Don’t fall for it. Here are several tips that will help you avoid becoming a scam victim.

The real IRS will NOT:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.
  • Threaten you with a lawsuit.

If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident or call 800-366-4484.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov website:. ftc.gov/complaint
  • If you receive an email that you believe is a phishing scam and is purported as IRS notification, please forward it to phishing@irs.gov  Do not open any attachments or click any links within the email.

 

The IRS does not ask people to pay with prepaid debit/cash cards or wire transfers, and will never ask for personal financial information over phone. If you experience any type or variation of these scam attempts, hang up the phone and do not acknowledge receipt of the calls by any pressing numbers on your phone keypad. Report any and all of these attempt scams to the above listed websites and/or resources.



 
 
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