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Village of North Aurora
Thursday December 4th, 2014 :: 02:13 p.m. CST

Advisory

IRS Phone Scam Warning

The North Aurora Police Department is warning the public about recent scam attempts involving callers who claim to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The North Aurora Police Department hopes to prevent future victims by spreading awareness of this scam.

A victim in the 600 block of East Victoria Circle reported in late August that she has been getting harassing phone calls from unknown males claiming to be with the federal government, either the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or a local police agency, including the North Aurora Police Department, claiming that her husband has been defrauding the government or owes back taxes and they have an arrest warrant for both of them.  The callers told her that they can avoid an arrest by paying.

During November, the North Aurora Police Department received seven reports of this scam.  In all cases, the caller claimed to work the IRS and told the victims that they must pay large sums of money or they would be arrested.  Six of the victims did not send any money to the scammers, but the 7th victim, in the 800 blk. of Wingfoot Dr., was conned out of nearly $1,000.  The 23 year old female received a call on November 29 from a male claiming to be with the IRS who said that if she did not send $1,200 right away for back taxes, she would be arrested.  The victim purchased pre-paid debit cards, loaded $970 on them, and gave the male the claim numbers.

The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

The IRS reports that immigrants are frequently targeted in these scams. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile - apparently to scare their potential victims.

Other characteristics of this scam 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 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.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

The best defense against these scams is common sense.  Be suspicious of anyone who calls unexpectedly demanding cash.  If there was a warrant for your arrest, you would be asked to turn yourself in at the nearest police department, not wire money to avoid arrest.  If you owed taxes to the IRS, the local police would not be involved in collecting the money.

If you receive a suspicious call, we encourage you to report it to police.  Call us at (630) 897-8705 and we’ll be happy to send an officer to help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                

 

                                                                                                           

 

Address/Location
Village of North Aurora
200 South Lincolnway Street
North Aurora, IL 60542

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 630-897-8705

Scott Buziecki
Patrol Operations
sbuziecki@vil.north-aurora.il.us
630-897-8705

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