Sheriff warns of IRS phone scam

WYNNE, AR (KAIT) – No one wants to receive a call from the Internal Revenue Service.

What’s even worse is when the caller is not an IRS auditor but actually a scam artist.

Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith says several residents have recently received phone calls from a man and woman claiming to be with the government office.

The scammers claim the victims owe money to the IRS and, if not paid, they will be arrested.

What makes this particular scam believable is that “Internal Revenue Service” shows up on the caller ID.

But, do not be deceived.

Smith says this is a scam and urges residents to not give out any information, adding if people have doubts to call the IRS directly.

The Internal Revenue Service is aware of the scam, which they call “pervasive,” and

should residents receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  •  If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

The agency also states it “will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail.”

What’s more, it never asks for credit/debit card or prepaid card information over the phone.

For more information or to report a scam, visit the

and type “scam” in the search box.

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