The Dunkirk Police Department wants to warn the community regarding an “IRS” Scam. A city resident received a phone call from a person identifying themselves as an “IRS Agent.” The person directed the resident to withdraw all of their money from their bank account except for $100 and store it at home. The person then stated that they would be visiting the resident’s home on Monday to speak with them.
According to the IRS’s website, scams take many shapes and forms, such as phone calls, letters and emails. Many IRS impersonators use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a fabricated tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest or deport their would-be victim if the victim doesn’t comply. For a comprehensive listing of recent tax scams and consumer alerts, visit Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts.
The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.
The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.
The Dunkirk Police Department and the IRS urges the community to be on the lookout for phone scams. The IRS recommends reporting such scams to:
- Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
- Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- Report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at email@example.com.