SCMPD warns that IRS phone scam is back

SAVANNAH, Ga. – SCMPD’s Financial Crimes unit wants to warn you about callers posing as IRS agents.

The scammers are using a pre-recorded message that directs victims to call them because of money owed to the IRS.

They demand money over the phone and threaten to call police if the payments are not made.

Just last month, a 75-year-old woman in South Carolina paid out over $33,000 dollars to the scammers.

Detectives warn that if you receive a phone call of this nature, hang up the phone.

If you believe you may owe money to the IRS, contact them directly at 800-829-1040.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

As a reminder, the IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

For more information, refer to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

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