Wilmington police warn community about return of IRS phone scam

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The Wilmington Police Department is warning the community of a phone scam that has returned to the area.

The phone scam is a call from someone falsely claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service, who demands the victim to pay a fake tax bill, according to police spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

“They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave ‘urgent’ callback requests through phone robo-calls or via phishing email,” Rawley said.

According to the IRS’s website, the IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

Anyone who should receive one of these calls is warned not to give out any information and hang up immediately. You can report the call by contacting the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting line at 1-800-366-4484 or complete a complaint form online.