Reports of IRS scammers increase in Statesville

Posted at 11:23 AM on Mar 31, 2016

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The Statesville Police Department has received more reports of an IRS scam targeting citizens saying they owe the IRS money. Numerous reports were received this week where citizens were contacted by callers claiming to be agents with the IRS. In all of the cases the citizens were threatened with some type of arrest by police and other legal actions if they did not pay. The IRS does not make these type of phone calls and has been warning of these calls being sent out daily across the U.S.

The IRS will never:

 Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

 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.

 Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent and you do not owe taxes or have any reason to believe you do, you should give no personal information on the phone and hang up. The IRS also recommends you report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on www.FTC.gov. They request that you add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

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