The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department wants to make residents aware of a scam going on in the county.
On August 21, a person contacted the department saying that they'd gotten a phone call from a man with a heavy accent claiming to be with the IRS and trying to get money from them. The caller claimed that the person was in trouble with the IRS and would be arrested if they didn't come up with the cash.
The person who received the call had Caller ID and was able to get the number of the man. It turned out to be from out of Wisconsin. It's also not the first time people have received calls threatening arrests and liens filed against property.
The department has these tips for people who may receive these types of scam phone calls:
The IRS is recommending that if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what you should do: (Find below information at IRS.gov)
-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.
-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 threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
-If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
-If you have been scammed or have given out your personal information, Trempealeau Co. Sheriff Anderson recommends you contact your lending institution immediately and notify them of what happened. Then, call your local law enforcement agency to report your complaint. It is also recommended that you notify the three credit bureaus.
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