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JPD: Scam artists take taxing toll on citizens

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents are dialing for dollars in Jonesboro.

Police have received several calls recently from citizens reporting that bogus IRS agents have called them demanding immediate payment of outstanding tax bills, according to a post on the Jonesboro Police Department's Facebook page.

The callers then tell the victims to pay using a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

If the victims refuse, the callers then threaten them with arrest or suspension of their driver’s or business license.

Residents report the calls originate from phone numbers with 202, 206 and 317 area codes.

According to JPD, scammers often use fake names and fake IRS badge numbers. In some cases, they can recite the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number. They may even call back pretending to be with the local police.

According to the IRS, it will not:

  • Call to demand immediate payment.
  • The IRS will not call without first sending a bill in the mail.
  • Require taxes be paid a certain way. For example, require a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest citizens for not paying.

If a person does not owe taxes and has no reason to believe they do, the IRS urges people to not give out any information and hang up immediately.

To report an IRS impersonation scam, call 1-800-366-4484.

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