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BEWARE OF IRS IMPERSONATION SCAMS

 
The Cocoa Beach Police Department has been contacted by concerned City residents regarding phone calls in which the caller purports to be from the IRS.  The following information from IRS.gov is a reminder to exercise caution when receiving such a call.
 
The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.

  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or 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.

  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.


Remember: Scammers change tactics – aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round and they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike (https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts).
 

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