IRS phone scam makes its way to the North State

Sep 17, 2015 4:02 PM by News Staff

Authorities are warning residents of an Internal Revenue Service telephone scam in which impersonators call to threaten residents with arrests if they don't pay their IRS debt.

Numerous North State residents have told Action News Now they’ve received calls from somebody claiming to be an IRS employee, demanding immediate payment.

The impersonators threaten people with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver's license if they don't pay their debts. Prime targets are the elderly and recent immigrants.

The callers, who can sometimes be hostile, tell victims they must pay debts through a wire transfer or preloaded debit card. Some callers trick victims into sharing bank account or Social Security numbers.

Police are reminding residents that the IRS will never ask for credit or debit card information over the phone.


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