FREMONT (BCN) — Police Wednesday have received a larger than usual number of calls from Fremont residents who reported that scammers are calling them to collect federal taxes, police said.
Scammers have called residents to say they owe taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, demanding that they make a payment immediately using a pre-paid debit card, according to police.
If a resident refuses, the scammer tells the resident the police will arrest them. Police do not know whether the scammers are working in the Fremont area, but sometimes the phone number on a resident’s caller ID indicates the call is from a government agency, police said.
This suggests the scammers are using computer software to appear official, according to police. Anyone who owes taxes or who thinks they may owe taxes is being encouraged to call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to get help from an IRS employee, police said.
If a resident knows they don’t owe taxes or has no reason to think they owe taxes, then police encourage the resident to call the Treasury Inspector General at (800) 366-4484.
Residents can report a phone scam at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.