Press Release - IRS SCAMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Seneca County Sheriff's Office has been getting alot of calls in regards to the following:
Sheriff Timothy Luce wants citizens to be aware of I.R.S. scams. “This is the season where scammers try and dupe citizens with bogus phone calls, text messages or emails from persons claiming to be from the I.R.S.”, said Sheriff Luce. The Sheriff’s Office has already begun to receive complaints of these scams in Seneca County. Some citizens have received phone calls or messages stating that the I.R.S. is taking some sort of legal action against them. The Sheriff offers these tips for citizens:
Do not return these phone calls, emails or texts. Once the scammer thinks they are hooking you they can be relentless.
Scammers often use fake names and badge numbers. They will sometimes start with a phone call and follow up with an email or text. They will even have appropriate background noise to sound like a busy office.
Scammers will threaten victims with jail time, legal action or suspension of your driver’s license. This is a sure sign of a scam. The real I.R.S. will usually initiate contact with a citizen via the U.S. mail. A citizen can always check with the I.R.S. on tax issues by calling 1-800-829-1040.
Do not give out any personal information. The best way is to hang up immediately on suspected scammers and not return any messages. They can be very manipulative and convincing.
Report any suspected scams to your local police and to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484