State police issue IRS scam alert

STATEWIDE – It’s the peak for tax filing season, and with it comes a scam alert advisory from Delaware State Police.

This general alert is applicable to the entire state of Delaware, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

Delaware State Police have recently been made aware of unsolicited phone calls being received by members of the community, from individuals claiming to be with the IRS.

The scam involves the caller 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 their driver’s license, among other things.

In the most recent phone calls, the individual requests the victim send money in the form of an iTunes card.

Note that the IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. 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, and they will target persons of all age groups, Cpl. Austin said. Delaware State Police ask citizens to remember the tips listed above to avoid becoming a scam victim.

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