Plumas County Sheriffs warns of attempted phone scam

Dec 13, 2015 1:45 PM by News Staff

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is warming residents of a telephone scam happening for the last several weeks.

Sheriffs said that scammers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Plumas County Sheriffs and the United States Internal Revenue Service released tips in order to avoid being scammed. The IRS will NOT:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration can also be contacted at 800-366-4484.


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