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IRS Scam Warning

November 13, 2015

 

Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office 

Warns about IRS Scam

 

Clovis, NM –  Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb would like to alert citizens of a continuing IRS scam going on in our community.  The calls usually originate from an area code “202” which is Washington DC.  This is an ongoing scam in which the caller poses as the IRS and demands money and/or threatens jail or prison time.  The callers are very smooth and convincing and unfortunately several in our community have fallen prey to this scheme.

 

This is information from the IRS website, https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Scam-Phone-Calls-Continue%3B-IRS-Identifies-Five-Easy-Ways-to-Spot-Suspicious-Calls

 

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

 

1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..

 

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

 

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

 

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

 

Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

 

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

 

You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

 

For additional information, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.    

 

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