A website and hotline are available to assist with cracking down on scam IRS phone calls, officials advised Thursday.
Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs said he has had at least four reports of scam phone calls in the last week. Those phone calls claim the person answering the phone has an outstanding IRS debt and must be paid. The caller will also demand the person purchase a gift card and read those numbers to the caller.
“This week alone, we’ve had about four or five reports about scam IRS calls. They’ll usually tell the person they will contact the authorities and send them to the homes if the money isn’t paid,” Boggs said. “The IRS never makes phone calls demanding money and we’re not coming to your home.”
According to Boggs, a hotline is now available on which residents can report phone numbers for scam calls. The hotline number is 800-366-4484.
There is also a website available to report suspicious activity. That website is www.tigta.gov.
“If anyone receives a call from a scam number, they can report it there,” Boggs said.
If a person is scammed out of money, the IRS can open a case, but cannot guarantee a result, according to Boggs.
“They’ll do their best to find someone to prosecute, but they can’t guarantee the money will be returned,” he said.
Boggs said his advice is to never give out personal information over the phone.