Altus Police have received numerous reports of a scam involving callers who claim to be with the IRS. “The callers tell victims that back taxes are owed and that money should be sent immediately,” said Police Chief Tim Murphy. “These callers are even threatening the victim with being arrested if money is not sent.”
The IRS will neither call to demand immediate payment, nor call without first mailing a bill. If you have received a letter from the IRS stating you owe taxes, call the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040 for information. The IRS does not require you to use a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card nor will they threaten you with arrest for not paying.
“Almost anyone could fall victim to these scams,” said Murphy, “but callers often target the elderly.” Murphy added, “Don’t allow yourselves to be an easy target. Never send money to anyone who initiates a telephone call, especially a caller who makes demands for money or threatens you with arrest.”
These particular cases are very difficult to investigate because the calls usually originate from sources outside the United States. “My advice to citizens who receive calls from someone who identifies themselves as I.R.S. agents or representatives is to simply hang up on the caller,” Murphy said.
A hotline has been set up at 405-290-7770 if you fall victim to one of these calls.
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