Po­lice warn cit­i­zens of phone scams

Maryland Independent - - News -

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has re­cently re­ceived sev­eral calls from cit­i­zens re­gard­ing con­tin­ued phone scams. The lat­est scam in­volves call­ers claim­ing that they are from the IRS and stat­ing that the per­son re­ceiv­ing the call owes back taxes. The caller states that in or­der to avoid be­ing ar­rested, peo­ple must pay their back taxes by way of iTunes gift cards. Please note that the IRS will not: • Call you to de­mand im­me­di­ate pay­ment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes with­out first send­ing you a bill in the mail.

• De­mand that you pay taxes and not al­low you to ques­tion or ap­peal the amount you owe.

• Re­quire that you pay your taxes a cer­tain way (for in­stance, with a pre­paid debit card).

• Ask for your credit or debit card num­bers over the phone.

• Threaten to bring in po­lice or other agen­cies to ar­rest you for not pay­ing.

The CCSO urges cit­i­zens to be wary of these types of phone calls and to ref­er­ence this ar­ti­cle from the IRS web­site: https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-urges-pub­lic-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls.

AN­DREW

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