Police warn residents of IRS phone scam

first_imgHOBOKEN — According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, residents may receive calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service during this tax season.“They will explain that the reason for the call is to advise you of a past due IRS debt,” said the release. “They will then provide you with instructions on how to make the payment such as purchasing gift cards or any other type of card such as itunes. They will also explain that if payment is not received a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The victim, now in fear will provide the caller with all the information needed for the payment.”The IRS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers through email, text, or social media to request any personal or financial information and they do “not call taxpayers with threats of lawsuits or arrests.”Anyone who receives a call from supposed representatives of the IRS is warned not to provide them with any personal information such as a date of birth or social security number.They should also not follow any directions regarding direct payment of fines or back taxes.The press release advises residents to end the call and not engage in conversation.The Internal Revenue Service can be reached at (800) 829-1040.last_img

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