The Shirley Police Department would like to warn residents about phone calls from callers pretending to be collection agents from the Internal Revenue Service. These are fraudulent or scam calls.
During these calls, the “collection agent” will advise the potential victim they have been audited and owe unpaid income taxes or they have made incorrect calculations on a prior year’s return, resulting in underpayment. The agent will frequently list many penalties the victim will face and state they must immediately make payment or legal action is possible.
Frequently, these calls are made by a live person, but there have been reports that residents are also receiving automated phone calls indicating that they owe unpaid income taxes or that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against them.
The IRS will never do the following:
Call about taxes owed without mailing you a bill first in the mail.
Demand immediate payment over the phone.
Threaten to immediately contact Law Enforcement and have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without you having an opportunity to question what you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method to pay your taxes, such as in prepaid gift cards or wire transfer.
Ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone.
If you receive any call or automated message from a subject claiming to be from the IRS, contact the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee.
More information about many other common scams can be found at www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes.
Please report this activity to the Shirley Police Department at 978-425-2642