ALTUS, OK (KSWO) –The Altus Police Department is warning everyone about an ongoing scam involving phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service.
The scam involves a phone call from a person saying they’re with the IRS and that you owe money. The caller may become hostile and threaten legal action or jail time if you don’t pay up. The elderly are the most targeted, but anyone and everyone can get the call.
“My advice to citizens who receive calls from someone identifying themselves as an I.R.S. agent or representative is to simply hang up on the caller. Never send money to anyone who initiates a telephone call and especially a caller who makes demands or threatens you with arrest if money is not paid,” said Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy in an email.
If you truly do owe the IRS money, they will contact you via mail, never by phone.
Call and demand immediate payment, nor will they call about owed taxes before mailing you a bill.
Demand that you pay taxes without first allowing you to question it or appeal the amount.
Require you to use a specific payment method, like a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit card/debit card numbers over the phone.
Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you.
If you don’t owe taxes, don’t give the caller any information and hang up immediately, contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) online or by calling 800-366-4484 to report the call and report it to the Federal Trade Commission online.
If you owe money or think you do, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 and an IRS worker can help you.
If you’re victim of this scam, call the FBI headquarters in Oklahoma City at 405 290-7770.