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Omak PD Warn of IRS Scam

Jeff Koplin, Chief
Omak Police Department

Oct 18, 2017

There is a new wave of IRS scam calls and one of the calls is identified as coming from 509-740-0279. . This is scary because the Internet identifies the phone # originating from the Omak area. Reports are coming into the police from irritated recipients from as far away as Georgia, California, Illinois and Washington

In one of the latest versions, the computerized caller identifies herself as the Internal Revenue Service; actually, she says “services”, plural. She warns the call is the “final notice” before the IRS files suit. Be careful. The IRS email scam tells folks their tax payment has been rejected. That email asks them to download the notice. That’s a terrible idea because chances are you’ll infect your computer with nasty malware.

There is heavy spam activity suspected now, especially from 509-740-0279. You should instantly ID and block spam calls. Do not participate in scam calls. Hang up and do not call the number on your caller ID. Block the call. In its latest of many alerts, the IRS says it will never:

  1. Call or email to demand immediate payment or call you about taxed you owe without first have mailed a bill.
  2. Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to questions or appeal the amount you allegedly owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes – for example, a Green Dot MoneyPak or prepaid card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  6. It won’t tell you where you can go to take a loan to pay your taxes.  
  7. It won’t call out of the blue to ask you to share your Social Security number. IRS knows your number.

If you want to report IRS scam calls or emails call the Treasury tax inspector general at 1-800-366-4484 or tighta.gov.

You can also report IRS scam calls to the Federal Trade Commission at ftccomplaintassistant.gov. Put “IRS scam” in the complaint.

Report email tax scams to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

 


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