September 22 2016

Police Warn that IRS Scam Has Been Reportedly Recently


The Burlington Police Department is warning of a familiar scam that has been reported by multiple residents recently. 


There have been reports of the IRS phone scam in town and the surrounding area, police say. In the scam a person gets a call from either a liver person or a robo-call telling them the IRS is taking legal action for unpaid taxes. The action threatened is often a lawsuit but sometimes the caller will say there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest. 


Authorities want to remind residents the real IRS will never demand immediate payment over the phone or call at all without first sending a bill in the mail. It will also never threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to arrest you, nor will it require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. It will also not ask for credit or debit card numbers on the phone. 


If you receive this type of call hang up immediately. Authorities say you shouldn’t try to engage the scammer, stay on the phone to yell at them, or play along to waste their time. This only gives them more opportunities to get information from you. 


You should also call the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting hotline at (800) 366-4484. 


If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

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