LAKE FOREST—The Lake Forest Police Department issued the following release today regarding IRS phone scams:
Since March 2014, the IRS has reported con artists impersonating IRS agents who have stolen money from individuals due to fraud perpetrated over the phone.
Internal Revenue Service description of the fraud:
1. Scammer use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves
2. Scammer may be able to recite the last four digits of a potential victim’s social security number.
3. Scammers spoof the IRS toll free number on the caller ID to make it appear that it is a legitimate call from the IRS.
4. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus telephone calls.
5. Victims hear background noise of other calls being made to mimic a call center.
6. After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocations, scammers hang up and other soon call back pretending to be from the local police or Illinois Secretary of State and the caller ID supports their claim.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advises you do the following:
1. If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
The IRS employees will help you with a payment issue, if, in fact, there is an issue.
2. If you know you do not owe any taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
3. If you have been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov and add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
The Lake Forest Police Department advises you to:
1. Call Detective Wendy Dumont, who is also a Ward Liaison, at 847-810-3819,
2. Call Crime Prevention Officer Mike Goy at 847-810-3833
3. DO NOT give any personal information unless you make the initial call and are confident you are calling a legitimate company.
4. DO NOT return any telephone calls left on your answering machine since it is probably the scammer’s telephone number.
5. If you need immediate after-hours assistance, call 847-234-2601.
For more details and other prevention information, please visit: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams
From the Lake Forest Police Department.