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Clarkstown Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

The Clarkstown Police Department is warning residents that they have been receiving notice from residents of fake calls from the IRS.
The Clarkstown Police Department is warning residents that they have been receiving notice from residents of fake calls from the IRS. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Clarkstown Police Department is warning residents that they have received numerous calls from residents that they have received a phone call from the IRS asking for personal information and that the calls are a scam.

According to Clarkstown police, criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.
  • Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate.
  • Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply.
  • The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

The IRS will not:

  • 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.
  • 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 and hang up immediately.

To report an IRS scam, call 800-366-4484.

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