The Indiana State
Police are warning the public of a scam that has been circulating around the
state involving individuals claiming to be from the IRS.
investigating a phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal
Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid
debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes
thousands of dollars in overdue taxes, police said.
According to the
IRS the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or
with a personal visit.
Police said the
scam continues when the caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms
of payment, specifically a credit card to pay the taxes. The caller tries to
justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a
prepaid debit card, police said.
If the caller is
unsuccessful talking to the victim the scammer will then threaten the victim
with an arrest warrant, police said. The IRS doesn’t have the authority to
issue warrants. In this scam, as with most of them, the calls are
originating from cell phones or over the internet from all over the U.S. and
tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task, police said.
Police feel that a well informed public is the best defense in combating
scammers and remind everyone that these phone scams and cyber crimes are
If a victim of this
scam, contact the Treasury Inspector General on at: