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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.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on www.FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.