The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints concerning a phone scam that is taking place where callers are impersonating IRS agents. Several persons, including Sheriff McClain, have been contacted with threats of arrest if certain information isn’t disclosed, including: social security numbers and bank account information.
According to the IRS website –
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
- What to do if you are contacted
- If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page athttps://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. You can also call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on www.FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.