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IRS Scam Alert

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The Scott County Sheriff's Office has recently received several reports regarding citizens getting phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The call can come from a spoofed number that looks like an IRS phone number. The person on the phone says that a debt is owed to the IRS and a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not pay it. The person then gives directions to transfer money into a bank account to resolve the issue. 

Sheriff Dan McClain encourages everyone to follow the scam prevention tips from the IRS.gov website below: 

The IRS Will Never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • 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.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration) to report the call  at 1-800-366-4484.
  • Use their IRS "Impersonation Scam Reporting" web page at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on http://www.ftc.gov (Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes).
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

For more information about IRS tax scams, visit http://www.irs.gov/

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