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Alert: Beware of IRS imposters

Beware of IRS imposters. (Source: WOIO) Beware of IRS imposters. (Source: WOIO)
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Police in Bay Village, Highland Heights and Westlake are telling residents not to fall for a phony phone scam.

Callers, pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Dept., and Federal Government, are threatening people with arrest if payments are not received. Some of the calls are coming from 216-842-6125.

The callers who commit this fraud often: 

  • Utilize an automated robocall machine.
  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • May know the last four digits of the victim's Social Security Number.
  • Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.

Call a second or third time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

The IRS has repeatedly warned individuals that they do not contact residents by phone and ask for personal information. Taxpayers are always notified by mail regarding delinquent taxes. These calls are bogus and residents need to be aware of this fact. Residents should not give any personal information to any unknown callers.  

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here's what to do:

  • If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don't owe taxes, fill out the "IRS Impersonation scam" form on TIGTA's website or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
  • Report these calls to your local police department and notify the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

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