PUBLIC AWARENESS ANNOUNCEMENT February 10, 2016
“ Tax Season & IRS Phone Scam Prevention”
The Flagler Beach Police Department is providing this awareness announcement in an effort to alert citizens in our community of phone scams associated with the upcoming tax season. Captain Matt Doughney advises that “there are those members of society that will attempt to swindle, threaten or coerce you in order to take your hard earned money. Our goal is to prevent this from occurring in Flagler Beach.”
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants the public to know that there are five (5) things that “Scammers” often do, but the IRS will not do. Any one (1) of the following five (5) things is a tell-tale sign of a phone scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local Police or other Law Enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
o If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
o If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.titga.gov
o If you believe you’ve been targeted by a scam you can report it at the following website; https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml (Note: that there is an underscore after the words “contact” and “report”.)
According to Captain Doughney “Scammers” that call you claiming to be with the IRS can be very charming, persuasive and convincing. Please remember that their sole purpose is to take your money. The key is to be alert, be suspicious and don’t fall prey to their antics”.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, follow the tips listed above and report this activity immediately.
For information regarding additional frequents active scams, please access the Flagler Beach
Police Department website at http://www.fbpd.org/frequent-scams/
Additional information on scams (phishing, identity theft, etc.) from the Internal Revenue Service can be found/accessed at the following website; https://www.irs.gov/uac/News- Releases-for-Current-Month