Our office has recently been inundated with phone calls from taxpayers in our area who have received calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. These callers are using fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers to sound more convincing. They frequently know a lot about their target, like the last 4 digits of their social security number, and usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Potential victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, the scammers sometimes become hostile and insulting, even threatening arrest in an attempt to scare the potential victim.

This scam has been around for years. However, with the recent increased occurrence in our area, we wanted to remind you of a few things. Please be aware that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed, without first mailing you a series of notices. The IRS also never asks for credit card or debit card information over the phone.

If this happens to you, please call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. You can also report the incident to your local police department, if you prefer. For more information, you can also visit: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.