The Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation has been receiving calls and complaints from people who have received telephone calls or messages from people claiming to be from the IRS.
The deputies say that these con artists are aggressive and will scare people with a lawsuit or threaten them with an arrest if they don’t pay. The perpetrators may know a lot about the victims and will alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Deputies advise that these are very likely to be scam and ask victims to hang up immediately.
Sheriff’s officers point out that the IRS does not demand immediate payment and the tax man won’t demand payment on the phone without first sending you a bill in the mail. Also, the IRS has an appeal process for taxpayers.
The perpetrators ask victims to pay using a prepaid credit card, ask for credit and debit card numbers over the phone and threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest victims. The IRS does not take any of these actions.
Deputies advise that those receiving the calls do not give out any information and to hang up immediately. Also, report the calls to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website page on IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting or call (800) 366-4484. Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint Assistant on FTC. gov and add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
More information is at www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Urges-Public-to-Stay- Alert-for-Scam-Phone-Calls.