Ocean County Press Release
IRS Scam Includes Demanding Tax Payment By Telephone

CHANCES ARE if you receive a telephone call from someone identifying themselves as a police officer from the Internal Revenue Service the call is a scam.

Ocean County residents are being warned that callers saying they are a police officer from the IRS and demanding payment for unpaid taxes are being made to citizens in Ocean County.

"When a quick thinking resident questioned the caller and demanded a mailing address, the ‘IRS policeman' abruptly hung up," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Consumer Affairs. "Residents need to be on guard for these kinds of calls and they need to be aware the caller is nothing but a scam artist."

Vicari suggests to avoid becoming a victim of such fraud, citizens should follow guidelines issued by the IRS.

Some things to be aware of are:
• The IRS usually contacts people by mail not by phone about unpaid taxes.
• The IRS won't ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
• If you or a family member receives a suspicious IRS call, hang up. If you do get into a conversation, don't give out banking or credit card information, or other personal information over the phone and don't trust callers who use threats or insults to bully you.

Vicari advises if you are the victim of a bogus call contact the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs at 732-929-2105 or at www.co.ocean.nj.us/consumer.

"The Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs can help guide you on the proper steps to take to report this activity and to avoid becoming a victim of fraud," Vicari said.

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