SURF CITY and WILMINGTON — According to the Surf City Police Department a phone-based scam perpetrated by callers pretending to work for the IRS has hit local areas. Wilmington-area social media networks have also identified similar scam phone calls.
The Surf City Police Department stated that a local business had reported the call on Tuesday, August 7.
“Today we have received a call from a business regarding scammers pretending to be the IRS stating this is the last call before they file a lawsuit,” according to a release from Surf City PD.
According to Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan, “The complaint stated the caller was actually a live person. When asked where they were located and who they were looking for the caller stated DC, but couldn’t give a name. The caller then hung the phone up.”
Authorities ask people to disregard any phone calls claiming to be from the IRS.
According to police, “the caller will advise that they work for the IRS and that you owe them money. If you receive these calls, please disregard them. The IRS has released a statement in the past stating that they will not contact you by telephone and demand payments.”
According to the IRS, officials will make phone contact under certain circumstances, but it is rare; in those circumstances, officials will provide dedicated phone numbers to call to confirm the authenticity of the IRS contact. According to the IRS’s website, officials will not do any of the following:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
- Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.
Surf City PD also released the number of the scam caller, which is located in the Nassau County region of Long Island, New York: 516-346-3216
Wilmington residents on the social media site Nextdoor also identified scam calls from several phone numbers in the Washington D.C. area. These calls were apparently automated “robocalls.”