San Diego County prosecutors warned people Wednesday about a nationwide telephone scam in which callers claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service and demand immediate payments by way of a prepaid credit card or wire transfer.
“There is a warrant for your arrest,” some victims are told, or “police are coming to your residence.”
The high-pressure callers often have some information about their intended victims, such as the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The con artists often call a second time, pretending to be police, or send the mark bogus but official-looking emails.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment or wanting to send you a refund, here’s what authorities say you should do:
— If you think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions;
— Call and report the incident to TIGTA at (800) 366-4484;
— You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.
IRS agents are prohibited from asking for personal information by email, text message or via social media. Individuals should forward scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not open attachments or click any links in suspect emails.
—City News Service
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