Rockford Police warn about IRS phone scam

Staff Report

The Rockford Police Department is warning residents regarding recent reports of IRS phone scammers. Reports have indicated persistent and aggressive callers primarily targeting the elderly and demanding payment.

The IRS has information posted on its website, in part advising filers to “not be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money.” Citizens who owe or think they may owe taxes may contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 and an IRS workers will assist.

The IRS points out that their agency will never do the following: call to demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill; demand that you pay taxes without giving the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they claim you owe; require to use a specific method to pay, such as a prepaid debit card; ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for failure to pay.

Any citizens that receive phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking for money, that do not owe or have already paid outstanding taxes, may report suspicious behavior by calling the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or visit their website IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting, or report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant notating “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

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