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Attorney General’s office seeks numbers from scam “IRS phone calls

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The Yellow Springs Police Department has issued a warning about a spate of reported scam “IRS” phone calls asking for immediate payment and threatening legal action if it is not remitted.

The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has asked that people who receive such a phone call report the number, and the date and time of the call by calling 800-282-0515 and selecting option “4”. 

When to be suspicious

According to the IRS website, “fraudulent callers often tell potential victims that tax is owed and must be paid immediately, or that they are entitled to a large tax refund. If they are unsuccessful the first time around, scammers will sometimes call back and attempt a different strategy.

The site further states that “to avoid becoming a victim of these scams, it’s important for taxpayers to know the following:

· If you owe taxes, the IRS will first contact you by mail, not by telephone.
· The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the phone.
· The IRS never insists that you must pay your taxes using a specific payment method.
· The IRS never demands immediate payment over the phone and does not take enforcement action directly after a phone conversation.

Though the IRS stresses the calls should not be answered or returned, Attorney General DeWine asks that the phone number be noted and reported by calling the attorney general’s office at 800-282-0515.

For more information about IRS fraud, visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.com/articles/irs-warning-about-phone-scams , or the Ohio Attorney General’s fraud website at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/About-AG/Contact/Report-A-Scam .

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6 Responses to “Attorney General’s office seeks numbers from scam “IRS phone calls”

  1. Kimberly Strozier says:

    I received a called on Friday July14 saying the same thing. That I would be picked up by the local police department of I didn’t get back with them in 24 working hour’s. I called the back they asked if I could make a payment on that day. I then ask to speak with their supervisor and I was told I had to go to Washington to talk with someone.

  2. Allison johnson says:

    July 12, 2017
    4:17:21 PM voice message
    From : 719 – 302 – 1110.
    Voice Message Threatens you – That ignoring a second attempt to contact you – Will Result in arrest – by local law inforcement because a notice of a legal petition for tax evasion / tax fraud has been filed against you …. something about your defense being brought before a judge, or madgestry of the court etc. & to call 719 – 302 – 1110. Annoyed at caller ….upon calling back … there is no answer and a recording stating unable to take messages.

  3. Renee says:

    Just got a call today from 205-872-0996 claiming I could be arressted within 24 hours about my filing status….ultra scam. And the message was some robot with these weird hiccups like they had this terrible software and pieced together these sentences.

  4. Holly Boeka says:

    I am receiving various calls several numbers over the last several weeks. The last number used was 302-202-1382 and they called 6/27/17. Just fyi.

  5. Nicole says:

    Dont answer the phone num 1-415-390-6154…its a scam that cost me 1500!! And he keeps calling

  6. Kimberly Wooten says:

    Yes, I too, have received 3 different “scam calls” saying they are the IRS, and that I will be “turned over to the local cops” due to discrepancies on taxes filed from 2010 to 2016! I was NOT even filing taxes during those years! When I told these so called “officers” that I would contact my police department, they immediately hung up. The #s from which I received these calls on 6/22 & 6/23/2017 are: (253)321-8059 an “Officer Marcus”, and (727)205-6596. Please make note of this as this should be ILLEGAL!!!
    Thank You,
    Kimberly Wooten

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Attorney General’s office seeks numbers from scam “IRS phone calls

by YS News Staff