Long Island Residents Warned of IRS Telephone Scam

Before scammers pretended to be the IRS and seeking personal identifying and financial information.
Before scammers pretended to be the IRS and seeking personal identifying and financial information. Photo credit: Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock/Thinkstock

The Suffolk County Police Department is warning residents of a telephone scam during which scammers pretend to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees looking for unpaid taxes.

During a recent incident in Suffolk County, a resident received four calls during the course of two days with a recorded message, purported to be from the IRS, asking the resident contact a number provided on the message. Upon calling the number, the resident was connected to a man who stated that the caller was the subject of a lawsuit for failing to pay taxes and certain personal identifying information was needed to stop the lawsuit from going forward. Additionally, the man stated a fee needed to be paid to stop the lawsuit.

Police advise the public that these are scam tactics.

The IRS will never:
• Call to demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.
• Demand that taxes be paid without giving a taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
• Require you to use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement enact an arrest for non-payment.

The Suffolk County Police Department advises residents not to give out any personal information during the call. Those who feel they have been a victim of this scam should report the incident to police.

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