Phone Scam

(Alexandria, MN) The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has already received reports regarding scammers calling taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials demanding payment for bogus tax bills. Or they have received “urgent” callback requests through phone calls or email. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to these tax scams.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform or remind everyone:

The IRS will not:

• Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

• Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

• Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

• Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

• Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you receive one of these calls:

• Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.

• Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.