Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office Warns People of Scam Claiming to be IRS

The Roscommon County Sheriff's Department warns people of a scam claiming to be the IRS.

Deputies say last month, a woman received a voicemail claiming to be an employee of the IRS.

She was told she owed back taxes over several years, and was told she would go to jail if she did not pay it back quickly.

The scammer asked her to purchase a “green dot” moneypak, load $5,900 dollars onto it, and then give them the serial number.

The IRS says they first contact people through mail, not phone, about unpaid taxes and will *never ask for the money through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. 

The Roscommon County Sheriff's Office offers the following tips for fraud prevention:

  1. Avoid responding to phone, text, or email solicitations from anyone.  Most genuine companies will not solicit funds via these methods. Responding to solicitations for payment is not wise as there is a high likelihood of fraud.
  2. If you have not initiated the contact, use caution.  Ask questions and request further written information from the organization.  Research the organization and their claims thoroughly before taking any action.    
  3. You do not have to pay “now,” and you should not feel pressured.  If telephone, door to door, text, or email solicitations make you feel pressured (especially if you are made to feel that you must pay now), do not pay money or provide any information.  Take time to do your own research, or ask for assistance from someone who might be more knowledgeable.  The more pressure there is to make payment immediately, the greater the likelihood that there is fraud involved.

 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says if you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here's what to do:

  • If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at the following number: 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don't owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.”

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