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TPD Warns Citizens About IRS Phone Scam

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Sep 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 13:39:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A large number of citizens in Madison County received phone calls from people claiming to work for the IRS. The callers demanded tax payments or threatened arrests. Tallahassee Police say the IRS does not work this way.

In order to combat calls from scammers, TPD has released of a list of actions that scammers often do but the IRS will NOT do:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit 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.

TPD says that if citizens do get one of these calls and are unsure, they should immediately call the IRS. 

People can also report scamming incidents to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Another phone scam has also been affecting the Leon County area, regarding jury duty. Learn more about watching out for that scam here