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Hanover County Sheriff’s Office warning residents against IRS phone scams

Posted at 12:21 AM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 00:21:06-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. – The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to protect themselves against a recurring IRS phone scam in Hanover County. CBS 6 has also received reports about this particular scam in other regions of Central Virginia.

An unknown person has been contacting unsuspecting citizens claiming that they are being sued by the IRS for unpaid taxes.

The scam has become very prevalent recently.

“You may receive a call or a message from someone claiming to be with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the IRS or some other law enforcement agency who will claim that you owe back taxes and the IRS is suing you,” the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “He or she may sound very convincing and seem to know a lot about you, and the caller ID may have been altered to appear as if the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office or the IRS is calling.  The caller may warn that if you or your lawyer don’t return the call ASAP, you will be served with an arrest warrant.”

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said they will never call you and demand immediate payment, neither will the IRS:

  • The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
  • The IRS will not demand that you pay taxes without allowing you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • The IRS will not require that you pay your taxes a certain way, such as with a prepaid debit card.
  • The IRS will not ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS will not threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for nonpayment.
  • The IRS will not leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away.  If you have any question about your tax status, you can contact the IRS at 800-829-1040.

If you receive one of these calls, report the call to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov and to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.  If you are a victim of a scam or tax-related identity theft, contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately by calling (804) 365-6140.