(September 23, 2016)-  The Cape Coral Police Department is warning residents of yet another scam.  This time, fraudsters are posing as the IRS. Listen:

Residents in Cape Coral are getting messages such as this from fraudsters posing as the IRS, warning of impending legal action if they don't call them immediately.  The con-artists are hoping that callers will call the number and out of fear, and provide personal identifying information, banking, or credit card information to "confirm their identity" and to settle "outstanding tax bills."  The problem is, it isn't the IRS calling and if you give them the information they are asking for, you are compromised.

The Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind you that the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. 

Other characteristics of these scams include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you receive a call such as this, do not call the number provided.  If you have any concerns regarding your tax status, contact the IRS directly at www.irs.gov.

For more information on IRS phone scams, read the article the IRS published here:  https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/phone-scams-continue-to-be-a-serious-threat-remain-on-irs-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-the-2016-filing-season?_ga=1.11242420.1001547519.1474647218

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341