A flood of area residents receive IRS scam calls Aug. 8

Both LaPorte County and LaPorte City police say a flood of callers reported Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, that they had received attempted phone scams. Purporting to be an IRS representative, the scammer tells the victim he/she owes money and threatens that if it is not paid, they will be arrested.

People should ignore these calls and hang up as soon as possible. Never give personal information if they ask for it. Police remind folks that the IRS does not use phone calls, email, text messages or other social media to contact individuals.

According to the IRS website, “the IRS does not call and leave pre-recorded, urgent messages asking for a call back. In this tactic, the victim is told if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other variations may include threat of other law-enforcement agency intervention, deportation or revocation of licenses.”

Criminals are able to fake or “spoof” caller ID numbers to appear to be anywhere in the country, including from an IRS office. This prevents taxpayers from being able to verify the true call number. Scammers also have spoofed local sheriff’s offices, state Department of Motor Vehicles, federal agencies and others to convince taxpayers the call is legitimate.

Local police ask that you pass on this warning information to friends and relatives, particularly elderly residents or those who might be frightened into complying with the scammer. Report any incidents of personal information given out, or money being sent, to your local police department.

If you’re able to get a caller ID and/or callback number, report it to the IRS by sending it to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: IRS Phone Scam).

The official link below is provided by the IRS. It gives further details/advice on this widespread scam and tells you how to report impersonation scams to the IRS:

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

3 Responses to “A flood of area residents receive IRS scam calls Aug. 8”

  1. lawman

    Aug 08. 2018

    people-the IRS DOES NOT call people-as stated in article.

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  2. Left LaPorte

    Aug 09. 2018

    Don’t forget to block the numbers or they’ll try it again. I see calls come in that use local area codes and the next three numbers to make you think it’s from your area. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer the call. If you know them, they’ll text or leave a voice mail with a voice you recognize and not some idiotic digital voice:)

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  3. Darlene Jesch

    Aug 09. 2018

    I did receive about 6 calls on Wednesday Aug, 8, and did not recognize the number. Didn’t answer, no message. Done.

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