IRS Phone Scam Making its Rounds Through Northern Michigan

If someone is claiming to be the IRS and threatening you over the phone...it's a scam. Hang up.

An old scam is coming back again, and there are things you need to know to stay safe.

Local dispatchers are warning people about phone calls from scammers impersonating the IRS.

Grand Traverse County, West Branch, Evart, and Kalkaska – among those processing hundreds of calls from people who say someone called them claiming they were from the IRS, and that they needed to send money, or else.

The scammers threaten callers with arrest or a lawsuit.

The real IRS says they would never call, text or email you demanding money.

Do not give any personal information out over the phone.

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office says to just hang up on someone who says they’re from the IRS.

“We’re recommending that if you see numbers on your phone that you don’t recognize, or people call you and make threats of any kind, whether it’s the IRS or any other local law enforcement, that’s not the way we do business. The IRS isn’t going to call you on the phone,” said Captain Randy Fewless from Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are getting swamped with calls about this scam.

Grand Traverse County urges you to only call if you are victimized and lose money from this scam.