Thursday, October 23, 2014

State police warn scam callers may impersonate IRS agents

Victims are being asked over the telephone to pay overdue taxes.

(Marcello Casal Jr./Agência Brasil)

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.

The Indiana State Police are warning the public that a phone scam is spreading to Indiana, according to The Elkhart Truth’s reporting partner WNDU

The scam callers impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand payment by debit card or wire transfers. WNDU reported the callers claim their victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes.

However, the real IRS will first contact people by mail, not phone, about overdue taxes. Representatives also don’t ask for wire transfers or debit card transactions, and would not ask for a credit card number over the phone, according to the Treasury Inspector General.

Scam callers may threaten victims with an arrest warrant, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. The Treasury Inspector General advises people to hang up and call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 if they think there’s a problem.

There was a report of an Elkhart resident affected by this scam in late March. The scam callers even knew the exact amount of income tax she owed, she said.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of this scam, fill out a report online or call the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration at 800-366-4484.

WNDU has more details about the IRS impersonation scam.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is also warning residents to beware a phone scam targeting elderly residents, in which the caller pretends to be a family member in trouble.

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