11/18/2015 – 4:48 pm
Findlay police are warning of an Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury phone scam. Police report that multiple city residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to be a U.S. Treasury agent. The scammer then attempts to get the potential victim to send in payment for a debt that that citizen owes to the government. The caller threatens that noncompliance will result in arrest and trial.
Those receiving this call are advised to hang up the phone and to not give any information. The U.S. Treasury or IRS will not contact a person by phone or email. The IRS will generally contact people by mail regarding unpaid taxes, and the IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, police said. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.
The following suggestions were also made:
- If you owe federal taxes or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
- If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s website, or call 800-366-4484.
- You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.