The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has again received numerous reports regarding IRS telephone tax scams. The most common complaint involves scam artists acting as IRS agents and calling to demand money or indicate a tax refund is due as a means to obtain personal information.
When the scammer claims an overdue tax payment, the suspects will demand the taxpayer send cash via prepaid debit cards. The calls are also intimidating because many of the scammers already had specific knowledge regarding victim identities.
Some victims also indicate suspects are making threats if there is a refusal to cooperate. Please report such calls to your local law enforcement agency. Also, consider blocking calls from frequently used phone numbers the suspects are using. Use caller ID to screen calls.
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.