PRESS RELEASE: Citizens Should Be Aware of Most Recent Tax Scam

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The Lake Havasu City Police Department is warning the public about a tax scam.

In March of 2014 the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them.

The scam is sophisticated and targeting taxpayers. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims that they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers are very aggressive and threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration press release, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail, not by phone, about unpaid taxes. The public can learn more about this tax scam on the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

Lake Havasu City residents are strongly encouraged not to send money to anyone they do not know unless YOU are the one initiating the contact. Please be vigilant when providing and protecting your personal information.

Additional information on crime trends can be found at the Lake Havasu City Police Department’s websitewww.lhcpd.com
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