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Blooming Grove Police Department
Saturday November 22nd, 2014 :: 10:36 a.m. EST
Advisory

IRS Telephone Scam

The Blooming Grove Police Department along with other agencies nationwide have been receiving complaints from residents that they are potential victims of a fake IRS scam. The scam involves persons who call the victims and claim they are IRS investigators informing them they owe back taxes. The residents are then warned that if they don’t make a payment by phone, their credit will be negatively affected and they could possibly be arrested.

The scammers have some basic information about the resident obtained from the internet, so the residents often believe it’s a legitimate phone call. It is not.

Any residents who have fallen victim to this scam by making a payment by phone should call police along with following the steps outlined below to make an official report or to verify a phone call that they might have received.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

The Blooming Grove Police Department would like to remind residents never to divulge personal information over the phone and never to make a payment by phone unless they've verified that the bill is legitimate. If there’s any doubt, residents should double check by calling back phone numbers that are officially listed on known websites – not the phone numbers that the callers supply during the phone conversation.

Address/Location
Blooming Grove Police Department
2 Horton Road
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 845-496-9161

Brett Weeden
Detective
bweeden@bloominggrovepolice.com
845-496-9161

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