General Curtis Hill is urging Hoosiers to be cautious of scammers
impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents over the phone,
demanding money, and threatening legal action.
“Even after tax
season has concluded, the Office of Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer
Protection Division (CPD) is still receiving complaints of IRS phone scams,”
the Indiana AG’s Office said in a statement released last week. “Hoosiers
are getting calls from unknown numbers claiming that the individual has not
paid their taxes to the IRS. Recently, a scammer even claimed to be from the
Office of the Indiana Attorney General, according to a consumer who notified
No one from the
Indiana AG’s Office “ever calls consumers about money owed to the IRS nor
threatens anyone with arrest,” the statement said.
The IRS will never
do the following:
* Call to demand
immediate payment or call at all without first having mailed a tax bill.
* Demand payment of
taxes without affording the opportunity to question or appeal the amount
* Require persons
to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit
* Ask for credit or
debit card numbers over the phone.
* Threaten to bring
in local police or other law enforcement to have persons arrested for not
“If you don’t know
the number calling your phone, don’t answer, and if you receive a call from
someone claiming to be an IRS agent, hang up--especially if the person is
demanding money and threatening legal action,” the statement said. “Further,
if the unknown caller leaves a voicemail claiming to be an IRS agent, do not
call the number back.”
Report this scam by
calling (888) 834-9969. You can reach the Consumer Protection Division by
visiting IndianaConsumer.com or calling (800) 382-5516.