IRS SCAM – CRIME ALERT!

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Menomonee Falls Crime Alert
The Menomonee Falls Police Department has received an increase in IRS scam reports in the past week. Victims have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers have been reported to threaten victims with legal if immediate payment is not made for unpaid taxes. Many victims will provide their credit card, debit or prepaid credit card numbers to make the payment.

It is important for citizens to know that the IRS:

•Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
•Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
•Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
If you receive a suspected IRS scam phone call hang up immediately. Incidents of IRS scams can be made directly to the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration at the following website:

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml