BOONE, Iowa—The Boone Police Department is urging its citizens to be aware of a telephone scam involving a demand from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an immediate payment of delinquent income taxes.
Commander John Sloter with the Boone Police Department reported that they recently received a complaint from a citizens saying they had received a telephone call froma subject claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The caller told the resident they owed back taxes and demanded bank or credit card information immediately or they would call local law enforcement and a warrant would be issued for their arrest. Sloter says during these scams the caller may identify themselves as “agents” and even give a false name and badge number. And he reported that the caller may even be able to provide the last four-digits of your social security number. In addition to a threat of arrest, the caller may also threaten to have your driver’s licence revoked. And to top it off, with new technology, your caller ID may even identify the incoming call as being from the IRS.
Sloter says that after receiving a telephone call similar to the one reported to the Boone Police, there are ways to protect yourself.
- Know that the IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail.
- Know that the IRS never asks for credit car, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- Know that local law enforcement cannot simply arrest you for failing to pay delinquent federal income taxes. The procedure is strictly a federal one and local law enforcement would not be involved.
- If you are unsure, contact the Boone Police Department.
Sloter says if you suspect that you are the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency.
There is also additional information available at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts.