IRS SCAM WARNING
The Truro Police Department would like to warn its citizens to guard
themselves against potential telephone scams. Recently the IRS calling to
inform you that you owe money is very popular. Here is information from
the IRS website on how to protect yourself.
Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming
to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill.
They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit
card or wire transfer. They may also leave urgent callback requests
through phone robo-calls or via
Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats
to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to
arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don't get the
Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to
make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use
IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the
victim's name, address and other personal information to make the call
Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual
IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment
they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone
number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS
letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They
try these ploys to make the ruse look official.
The 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 that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the
amount you owe.
-Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require
that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
-Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
-Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not