IRS Tax Scam Warning
As we enter the home stretch of income tax preparation season, the Vernon Hills Police Department is issuing another word of caution to everyone regarding IRS scams.
Even though these scams have been around for years and seem to be rather well-known, the Vernon Hills Police often receive calls from unsuspecting residents. Many times the resident has heard about the scams, but nevertheless became concerned the first time a call was received. In addition, sometimes the caller ID is spoofed to make it appear as though the IRS is actually calling.
"The tactics and words used by the callers can be extremely convincing, and it's normal to be frightened the first time you receive one of these calls," said Crime Prevention Officer Kim Christenson. "Be prepared. The number one thing to remember is to just hang-up at the first reference to the IRS and not tell the caller anything."
The following tip-offs were taken from the IRS web site. The IRS will never:
• Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
• Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or e-mail.
• Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds everyone to call 911 immediately if you are at all concerned after receiving one of these calls. Call recipients can also contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 or at irs.gov.