It’s an old scam that’s popping up again in the Upstate. Greenville Police say they’ve received multiple reports of the IRS scam recently.
They say scammers have been calling and claiming to be the IRS. They demand that you make a payment and threaten to arrest, deport or fine you if they don’t comply.
Greenville Police say the scammers are trying to con victims into sending cash through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
And the callers are using numerous phone numbers to trick you. Some are untraceable and some sound like a call center from a different country.
Greenville PD wants to remind you that the IRS will not:
· Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
· 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. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
· 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 receive a call like this, hang up immediately. Don’t give any information. And if possible, write down the number the scammer is calling from.
The IRS asks that you report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: (800) 366-4484.
You can also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission. Just add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes section.