The Effingham Police Department is alerting the public of an ongoing IRS phone scam. Police say they have received multiple calls from concerned residents reporting the fake IRS calls.
For the scam the caller typically states that this is the final notice and that a fee must be paid immediately, otherwise the call recipient is threatened with a lawsuit or jail. Effingham Police are urging all citizens to protect themselves from scams like this by doing the following:
– Never give out identifying information such as bank account numbers, address, social security number, credit/debit/ATM card numbers, birthdays, or other personal information.
– Use Strong passwords.
– Be cautions about online links and attachments.
– Protect your personal information.
– Review your financial statements regularly.
– Order and review your credit report yearly.
Additionally, it is important to remember that the IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for a payment, won’t demand a payment, and won’t leave a message threatening legal action if payment isn’t made right away.
IRS scam calls can be reported to the FTC (www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov) and to the TIGTA (www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml). When reporting a scam call include the number it came from, along with any other details you have.