Authorities warns of ‘IRS Phone Scam’

scam-alert-pic-300x168CHICKASAW COUNTY – For the second time in three months the Better Business Bureau is warning of an “IRS phone scam” in the state of Mississippi, as well as, nationally.

Scammers are threatening to arrest if people don’t pay back taxes that they really don’t owe.

The BBB is warning Mississippi residents to be alert if anyone calls, particularly having to do with

personal tax information.

“We have been experiencing an increase of calls this week from Mississippians stating that they

have been contacted via phone from the IRS claiming they owe back taxes” said John O’Hara, of

the BBB serving Mississippi. “They are threatening to put an arrest warrant out on individuals or

their assets will be frozen.”

“These scammers are sometimes successful because they are aggressive and are attempting to

scare people into reacting before thinking,” says O’Hara. “ They have two goals in mind, one is

to steal someone’s identity and the other is a quick payment through a moneygram card to avoid

further penalties or jail time.”

The BBB is giving some key points that people need to remember if they receive these phone

calls:

● The IRS doesn’t contact people by phone, always by mail.

● The IRS will never threaten to arrest an individual.

● The BBB wants the public to remember that if they do owe back taxes, the IRS

will send out notices. People usually receive multiple notices from the IRS when

they owe money.

Chickasaw County residents who feel they are the target of any kind of phone scam are urged to contact the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department immediately.

 

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