The Vienna Police Department would like to warn residents of an IRS scam currently circulating. Several residents have reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be representatives from the IRS. These individuals are claiming that “You owe back taxes” and are using scare tactics to entice residents to give personal information over the phone or to pay them money immediately. The caller claiming to be an IRS agent will usually threaten to sue you for the money or threaten to have you immediately arrested by local law enforcement. The main purpose for these types of phone scams is to steal money from the victims or to obtain personal information so that the caller can steal the identity of others. It is also important to realize 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 these types of calls, hang up immediately. Please contact your local law enforcement agency, your States Attorney General’s Office or the Federal Trade Commission to report these types of phone calls.