Police warn citizens of phone scams
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.