News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 14, 2014

Police warn residents of scammers claiming to be IRS

News Release

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana State Police are warning the public of a scam that has moved to Indiana and involves people claiming to be from the IRS.

According to a press release, police are investigating a phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers.

The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. However, according to the IRS, the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit.

As the scam continues, the caller says standard forms of payment cannot be used and instead specifies using a credit card to pay the taxes. The caller tries to justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card.

If the caller is unsuccessful talking to the victim, the scammer will then threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn’t have the authority to issue warrants.

Anyone who might have been a victim of this scam can contact the Treasury Inspector General on the web at: tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.