Union City police warn residents of IRS scam

UNION CITY (KRON) — Union City Police have received calls from residents reporting fake calls from the IRS, according to police.

The scam consists of an “agent” calling victims saying they owe money to the IRS, police said.

The fake agent demands the money be paid promptly by a pre-paid debit card. If the victim refuses, the they threaten to call the police to have the victim arrested.irsscam

It is not known if the con artists are working in the Union City area. In some cases, the phone number on caller ID has been of official government agencies, suggesting that they are using sophisticated computer software programs to disguise their ID and appear official.

If you receive a call regarding taxes owed, police encourage you to do the following:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you.
  • 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), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.

Residents can also report a phone scam online here.

For more information on the “IRS Telephone Scam”, visit the Internal Revenue Service website. 

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