The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving numerous calls from citizens asking questions about the legitimacy of telephone calls they have been receiving. The unsolicited caller claims to be an IRS employee and tells the intended victim that they owe taxes. For more information please see the press release put out by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2015-01_home.htm
If you do not have a computer or internet access you can also call TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484.
Also, see the attached video PSA published by TIGTA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOQypmRXTHE
You can also visit www.tigta.com for more information on the scam. If you have been a victim and want to report the crime you can go to the website and click on the red block labeled “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting”.
These callers have been getting aggressive, rude and even threaten arrest if the individual does not pay. This is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling. The IRS usually contacts people by mail about unpaid taxes and not by phone and they definitely won’t ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, wire transfer, or ask for your credit card number over the phone.
This is a crime of opportunity so please don’t assist them in making you a victim. The best thing to do is to just hang up.