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Fontana Police Department
Thursday October 9th, 2014 :: 09:13 a.m. PDT

Advisory

Phone Scam Still Targeting Fontana Residents

Phone Scams Still Targeting Fontana Residents

Fontana, California-The public is encouraged to remain vigilant of an IRS phone scam that continues targeting people across the nation, including recent immigrant populations in our own community. Callers claim to be from the IRS demanding payment via a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

The Fontana Police Department has received 55 calls since July from individuals that have been contacted by the scammers, claiming to be from the IRS. Fortunately, these individuals did not fall prey to the callers demands. The callers claim to be from the IRS threatening the targeted victim with physical harm, arrest, deportation, or loss of business or driver's license if they don't pay owed taxes. Most recently, the scammers have started giving the Fontana Police Department number 909-350-7740 as their call back number. Individuals who receive such a call are encouraged to report to the Fontana Police Department at 909-350-7700.

According to the IRS, the callers who commit this fraud often:
-Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
-Know the last four digits of the victim's Social Security number.
-Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
-Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
-Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV and the caller ID supports their claim.

We ask that Fontana residents be mindful and vigilant against any phone and email scam. If you do owe taxes the IRS makes initial contact by mail, not by phone. The IRS will not ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. They will also never ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The IRS recommends the following, if you receive a call from someone claiming to be with their agency:
-If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
-If you don't owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
-You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

If you become a victim of the IRS phone scam or any scam you are encouraged to call the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7700 to report the crime.

Address/Location
Fontana Police Department
17005 Upland Ave
Fontana, CA 92335

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-350-7700

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