The Downers Grove Police Department would like to alert our citizens about IRS scams associated with the tax season. Scammers, claiming to be IRS agents, have been aggressive and threatening to victims. Victims are contacted by phone and told they have outstanding taxes due. The victim is threatened with a police arrest, deportation, having their drivers licenses revoked or other actions. The caller is hoping to frighten the victim into sending cash, purchasing a pre-paid debit card or doing a wire transfer.
Scammers can alter the telephone caller ID to appear to be an official telephone number. The caller may use terminology including fake IRS titles, and fake badge number to sound authentic. They may also have the victim's name, address, and other personal information that make the caller seem to be legitimate. The IRS advises citizens of the following ways to identify if the caller is a scammer. The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment or call about owed taxes without first having sent you a bill;
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they claim is owed;
- Require you to use a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, or request credit card or debit card numbers over the phone;
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement agency to arrest you.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking for money, do not give out any information. Hang up immediately. Contact the Police Department to document the incident. Report the incident by calling the Treasury Inspector General Administration at (800) 366-4484 or utilize the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting site on the IRS web page.
IRS officials want the public to know "If you are surprised to be hearing from the IRS, then you are not hearing from the IRS (it's a scammer)."