Aug. 6, 2015
D.C., Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax
scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning
to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against
the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick
- which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters
with authentic looking letterhead - try to trick taxpayers into
providing personal financial information or scare people into making
a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal.
Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports
of roughly 600,000 contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware
of nearly 4,000 victims who have collectively reported over $20
million in financial losses as a result of tax scams.
continue to see these aggressive tax scams across the country,Ă˘â‚¬Âť
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Scam artists specialize
in being deceptive and fooling people. The IRS urges taxpayers to
be extra cautious and think twice before answering suspicious phone
calls, emails or letters."
as IRS agents first targeted those they viewed as most vulnerable,
such as older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and those whose
first language is not English. These criminals have expanded their
net and are now targeting virtually anyone.
In a new variation,
scammers alter what appears on your telephone caller ID to make
it seem like they are with the IRS or another agency such as the
Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge
numbers. They use online resources to get your name, address and
other details about your life to make the call sound official. They
even go as far as copying official IRS letterhead for use in email
or regular mail.
will even provide their victims with directions to the nearest bank
or business where the victim can obtain a means of payment such
as a debit card. And in another new variation of these scams, con
artists may then provide an actual IRS address where the victim
can mail a receipt for the payment - all in an attempt to make the
scheme look official.
The most common
theme with these tricks seems to be fear. Scammers try to scare
people into reacting immediately without taking a moment to think
through what is actually happening.
artists often angrily threaten police arrest, deportation, license
revocation or other similarly unpleasant things. They may also leave
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“urgentĂ˘â‚¬Âť callback requests, sometimes through Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“robo-calls,Ă˘â‚¬Âť
via phone or email. The emails will often contain a fake IRS document
with a telephone number or email address for your reply.
It is important
to remember the official IRS website is IRS.gov
. Taxpayers are urged not to be confused or misled by sites
claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations
instead of .gov.Ă‚Â Taxpayers should never provide personal information,
financial or otherwise, to suspicious websites or strangers calling
out of the blue.
five things scammers often do that the real IRS would never do.
IRS will never:
immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about
taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
•Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement
groups to have you arrested for not paying.
•Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity
to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
•Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes,
such as a prepaid debit card.
•Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
what you should do if you think you're the target of an IRS impersonation
•If you actually
do owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help
you with a payment issue.
•If you know you don’t owe taxes or do not immediately
believe that you do, you can report the incident to the Treasury
Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
•If you’ve been targeted by any scam, be sure to contact
the Federal Trade Commission and use their “
Complaint Assistant ” at FTC.gov. Please
add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
information on reporting tax scams, go to IRS.gov and type scamÂť
in the search box.
OFFICE WARNS OF INCREASED PHONE SCAMS
By Chelsea Shar T-G Staff Writer Published: January 29, 2015 4:00AM
Sheriff's Office dispatchers said there have been more phone scams
reported than usual in the past several weeks, especially preying
on senior citizens. Dispatcher Sue Schaub said the center has been
receiving about 10 calls per day in the past few weeks reporting
have similar stories -- they are all based on lies. Sometimes seniors
will be told their grandchild is in jail and needs bailed out, asking
for a bank account number. Other common calls come from someone
claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, stating the person
has misfiled their taxes at some point in the past and needs to
pay the balance or will be ordered to appear in court or even arrested
by the Sheriff's Office.
reputable company or organization will contact you for money over
the phone," Sheriff E. Wayne Risner said. He said there also
has been an increase in the county recently of people who have reported
they did not know the call was a scam and had money taken from their
money is stolen, the only thing we can do is take a report. It's
impossible to track these people," Risner said.
calls come from untraceable, prepaid phones, Schaub said. Dispatcher
Jim Strickling said people should listen carefully to incoming calls
for mispronunciations or grammar use by the callers. "They
often have a different accent or dialect," he said. Strickling
said he often refers scam call victims to the Ohio Attorney General's
office after making a report.
General Mike DeWine has led an initiative to educate people about
phone scams and has education materials available at Ashland Public
calls come from all over the country. Some callers pretend they
are with the lottery and are calling to congratulate the call recipient.
Others involve offers for loan or credit card rate improvements
or computer virus repair over the phone. Risner recommends residents
never give out information over the phone and report the calls to
the Sheriff's Office so reports can be filed. "Call us anytime,
we want to know when these calls come in so we can track the volume
of calls," he said.
type of phone scam as tax season approaches is a call from someone
pretending to be with the IRS informing the recipient they misfiled
their taxes years ago and need to pay up to avoid arrest.
to the IRS, characteristics of a scam phone call include:
may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social
spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that
it's the IRS calling.
sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their
hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a
- After threatening
victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers
hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local
police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
To inquire about personal
tax issues and whether or not a call is legitimate, contact the
IRS help line at 1-800-829-1040.
With questions about the
legitimacy of other calls, call the Sheriff's Office at 419-298-3911.
Chelsea Shar can be reached
at 419-281-0581, ext. 240, or at email@example.com.
Time Prescription Drug Turn In Box
Ashland County Sheriff's Office
in conjunction with the
County Mental Health and Recovery Board
pleased to announce the implementation of a full time prescription
drug turn in program.
secure collection box has been placed in the main lobby of
the Sheriff's Office,
to accept unwanted and/or expired medications.*
take advantage of this program, simply bring your unused medications
Office Main Reception Lobby during normal business
hours. Mon. â€“ Fri. 8AM-4PM
collection box is located on the right just as you enter the
lobby. Please note that the staff will not handle your medication
for turn in. Prior to disposal, remove or black out your personal
information on the prescription label. Ensure that all bottles
or bags are securely closed. Place all items in a clear zip
lock bag. Deposit into the collection box.
NOT DEPOSIT ANY LIQUIDS, NEEDLES OR SHARPS.
items will not be collected
collection box is also located in the Loudonville Police