BOONE, Iowa—Now that tax season is here, the Boone Police Department is urging its citizens to be aware of scams involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding immediate payment of delinquent income taxes. Don’t believe it! (https://youtu.be/0y5z0kWgBcM)
Commander John Sloter with says every year the Boone Police Department receives complaints from citizens saying they received a telephone call from a subject claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The caller tells the resident they owe back taxes and demands bank or credit card information immediately or they will call local law enforcement and a warrant will be issued for their arrest. In these scams the caller may identify themselves as “agents” and give a false name and badge number. The caller may even provide the last four numbers of your social security number. In addition to the threat of arrest, the caller may also threaten to have your driver’s license revoked. With today’s technology, your caller ID may even identify the incoming call as being from the IRS.
Sloter says there are ways to protect yourself after receiving a telephone call similar to the one above. He noted in a released from the Boone Police Department:
1. Know that the IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail.
2. Know that the IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
3. Know that local law enforcement cannot simply arrest you for failing to pay delinquent federal income taxes. The procedure for this is strictly a federal one and local law enforcement would not be involved.
4. If you are unsure, contact the Boone Police Department.
Sloter also noted that there are many variations of the IRS scam. For further information, go to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts
If you suspect that you are the victim of a scam or an attempted scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency.