Alert: IRS Scam Returns

The IRS Scam seems to be making its way back around again.  

RS imposter scams have shot up over the last year — by almost 50,000 complaints.

Here’s what happens: You get a call from a scammer pretending to be with the IRS, saying you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay taxes you owe right now. You’re told to wire it or put it on a prepaid debit card. They might threaten to deport you or say you’ll lose your driver’s license. Some even know your Social Security number, and they fake caller ID so you think it really is the IRS calling.

But it’s all a lie. If you send the money, it’s gone.

Please Report Scams

If you spot a scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Report a scam online or call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261. Your complaint can help protect other people. By filing a complaint, you can help the FTC’s investigators identify the imposters and stop them before they can get someone’s hard-earned money. It really makes a difference

 

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0213-irs-imposter-scams.pdf

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0118-irs-imposter-scams

 

Officer P. Benloss

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Eastway Division | Response Area 2 Community Coordinator

pbenloss@cmpd.org