Police warn of fake IRS calls

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are warning people about callers claiming to be with the IRS.

The calls may sound legitimate and aggressive asking for immediate payment of taxes.

“It just didn’t sound right,” said Matthew Taft, who received one of the fake phone calls on Monday. “It was, ‘This is the IRS telling you it’s a final billing. We’re going to file a lawsuit.’ They don’t do that.”

Kettering police issued a warning on Monday after a report calls like this were coming into the area.

The IRS has released a list of things the agency will never do when contacting you:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • 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.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

“I realized it but there are a couple of residents here who might not,” said Taft. “They’re in their eighties. I don’t want them to be screwed over by it or anybody else.”

For more information on fake IRS attempts at your money, visit the IRS website by clicking here.

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