JPD Warns of IRS Phone Scam

Jasper (From Release) – The Jasper Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of an Internal Revenue System scam that is s making its rounds in the area again. A subject saying he is an IRS employee will advise the caller that they owe money and may threaten that the police have been notified and they will be enroute to arrest them if they don’t pay.

Police officials say these scammers use sophisticated methods and may have the caller’s name, phone number, and address. Another tactic they will use is aggression and try to bully their caller into a payment. They can “spoof” or change the phone number that the call is coming in on and make it look like the number is coming from the IRS.

JPD reminds citizens to never give out confidential information over the phone. The IRS does NOT make threatening phone calls, they do not make phone calls unless they have notified a person by mail first, they do not demand immediate payment, and do not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you receive a call from the IRS scam it is NOT necessary to contact your local law enforcement. Ignore the phone call or hang up if you answer the phone. Only contact law enforcement if you have paid money to the scammers.

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