Hello this is Sergeant Darrell Fennelly of the Stockbridge Police Department:

The Police Department wants to make residents aware of an aggressive and sophisticated IRS phone scam targeting taxpayers, including the elderly.

Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, BUT ARE NOT! These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may even sound like they know a lot about you.  They usually alter the phone’s caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling you.

These scam artists will tell you that you owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If you refuse to cooperate, they will then threaten you with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller will become hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request”. Do not call them back and ignore any of these calls.

Note that the IRS will never:

1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;

2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;

3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;

4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or

5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact the Stockbridge Police Department.

Thank you