State police issue IRS scam alert advisory

DOVER – Delaware State Police Monday issued a scam alert advisory covering any part of Delaware.

State Police received numerous complaints from citizens in Sussex County Monday concerning an automated phone call from the IRS, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The scam involves a person claiming they work for the IRS, claiming the victim owes money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly.

If the victim refuses, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of driver’s license, among other things.

  • 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.

This information was provided through the IRS website located at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts.

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate.  They will target persons of all age groups.  Delaware State Police urges citizens to remember the tips in order to not become a victim of one of these scam artists.

The Sussex County Post delivers news from Georgetown and southern Delaware. Follow @SussexPost on Twitter.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.