Sheriff’s Office Warns of New “IRS” Scam

Click here to view the IRS scam release from the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.

From the release:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of IRS scam operations, and Sheriff Scott Jenkins is warning residents that these scams are happening now and need to be taken seriously.
Residents, especially senior citizens, are encouraged to report IRS scam calls to Culpeper dispatch (540.727.7900) so that dispatchers can give the additional information to responding deputies if they receive a subsequent “swatting” call.
As a reminder, the IRS reports that they will NEVER:
– call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed                          without first having mailed you a bill,
– demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or                          appeal the amount they say you owe,
– require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid                        debit card,
– ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or
– threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Caller ID “spoofing,” which allows the caller to adopt a fake phone number and/or name, may be another element of the operation, so residents should not automatically assume the information displayed in their caller ID accurately identifies the caller.
Also, if you would like more information on IRS scams please call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you. Thank you.

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