Watch out for IRS scam

It is that time of year and we have begun to receive calls from local residents about the IRS scam. If you could relay any of the below information to your readers or listeners it would be helpful.

In the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scam, callers claim to be with the IRS and demand immediate payment of past-due taxes. Scammers might threaten arrest and jail time if the payment is not received immediately, and usually request that the money be paid back though the purchase of pre-paid cards or money orders.

The IRS imposter scam is among several imposter scams in which callers pretend to be a legitimate entity and give a false impression of authority to scam people out of their money. They may use Caller ID spoofing where the caller falsifies the telephone number and/or name as the identity of someone else.

Members of the public who are targeted by the IRS imposter scam should hang up on the caller immediately and never send out money or give out personal information.

Thanks for your help,

Sheriff David Shaffer

Knox County Sheriff’s Office