Shasta County dispatchers inundated with IRS scam reports

Dec 2, 2015 6:22 PM by News Staff

For the second time in just over a month, Shasta County dispatchers are asking residents not to call 911 about an Internal Revenue Scam.

The sheriff’s office says Shascom has received more than 50 calls Wednesday regarding a phone scam in which fraudsters call homes and threaten people with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver's license if they don't pay back taxes.

On October 21, Shascom was flooded with more than 100 calls about the same scam.

The callers 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.

The Redding Police Department is reminding people that the IRS will never call requesting payments. If back taxes are owed the IRS will send you a letter.

If you receive one of the calls, hang up and report it on the IRS website.


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