Benton County Sheriff’s Warn of IRS Phone Scam in Tri-Cities
Tax season is in full swing and so are the Scammers!! The Benton County Sheriffs Department warns Tri-Citians of current on-going scam in our area...
Here's the press release from the Benton County Sheriff's Department:
REMINDER- IRS SCAM ALERT
We continue to receive calls about IRS scams. Most recent number the calls are coming from is 516-208-4461.
Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
The IRS doesn't:
• Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
• Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.