Boynton Beach Police is warning residents about the “IRS scam.”
It happened to a city resident this week. And it cost her $6,000.
Here’s how it works, according to police:
Someone calls claiming to be with the IRS, says you owe taxes and will be arrested if you don’t pay immediately.
Victims generally purchase prepaid cards and call the “IRS agent” back to provide the card numbers (that’s what happened to a local woman yesterday).
Some characteristics of this scam include: Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers; may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number; send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their calls.
The IRS wouldn’t contact taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information, police said.
Who to call if this happens:
- 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 or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
- Anyone who has been targeted by this scam, should contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov and add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of the complaint.
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
“We urge you to talk to family members, especially seniors, and remind them that the IRS will NEVER directly call to ask for money,” police said on the department’s Facebook page.