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IRS scams reported in Yavapai County

PRESCOTT - A spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, Nov. 18 that they had received "numerous" recent reports of telephone scams from suspects claiming to be IRS agents who want money.

"The most common complaint involves scam artists acting as IRS agents and calling to demand money or indicate a tax refund is due as a means to obtain personal information," Dwight D'Evelyn said. "When the scammer claims an overdue tax payment, the suspects will demand the taxpayer send cash via prepaid debit cards."

D'Evelyn added that there's an added level of intimidation when the caller has "specific knowledge regarding victim identities."

Some of the suspects have made threats if the victim refuses to pay, he said.

D'Evelyn said people who receive such calls should contact law enforcement and should not stay on the line with the suspect.

The IRS said it will never:

• 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.

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov.