We’re in the middle of tax season which means IRS scammers are back at it again.
Wintersville Police Chief Arthur Fowler recently got two phone calls that seemed suspicious. He thought it was a bit ironic that these scammers were threatening to have him arrested when he works for the police himself. The scammers told him that he owed money to the IRS and that he needed to buy gift cards and give those card numbers over the phone. Otherwise, he could be arrested. Sound familiar?
These scammers target normal people every year so this can happen to any one of us. They’re even using local area code numbers so you are more likely to pick up the phone.
Chief Fowler said, “First off, the IRS will not call you. I repeat, will not call you. They only do their communication by letter. If you have any inkling or thought that this just doesn’t sound right, call somebody that you trust to find out or call your local police agency.”
He also says it’s harder to convict or follow up on these scams because most of them are from out of the country.
If you do receive one of these calls and you know it is a scam, it’s best to just hang up.