Crime Prevention Tips
IRS SCAMS: How to Not Fall Victim
The Montgomery Police Department would like residents to be aware of tax scams and how to protect yourself from falling victim. The Montgomery Police Department have taken several calls in reference to callers acting to be employees of the IRS. These callers are advising you owe taxes and they must be paid right away (DO NOT FALL FOR THIS). Here is a list of tips to help you avoid these scammers.
The IRS WILL NEVER:
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring local police or any other law-enforcement group to have you arrested for not paying.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, I-Tune cards, money orders, wire transfers, etc.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
- Send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don't click on anything claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise.
In many of these cases the caller (Scammer) sounds convincing and they use fake names and bogus IRS Badge numbers. They will alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Once the victim refuses to cooperate they will become aggressive and threatening towards you.
Sometimes these scammers will tell a victim they are owed money, but they need personal information of yours before they can release the check. NEVER give personal information over the phone.
Holiday Safety Tips
With the holiday season upon us, the Montgomery Police Department would like to share some holiday tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Avoid shopping alone.
- DO not leave your vehicle running.
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Keep the windows up and the doors locked.
- Do not leave packages or valuable items visible in your car.
- Hold your purse close. If possible, avoid carrying a purse.
- Carry your wallet in your front pocket.
- Be alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of mo ney.
- Use an ATM in the daylight hours.
- Don't buy more than you can carry.
- Save all receipts and verify charges on your bank or credit card statements.
- When returning to your car, have your keys out before you approach your vehicle.
- Once at home, remember to lock all your car doors.
Remember the holiday season is a joyous time of year, do not fall victim to a criminal who would like nothing better than to ruin your holiday season.
Avoiding IRS & Tax Scams
The Montgomery Police Department would like their residents to be aware of the scam relating to the IRS and your taxes. The IRS and local law enforcement have received numerous reports of a phone scam where callers identify themselves as IRS agents attempting to get people to pay fines for taxes that they owe. These scammers are threatening to arrest or revocation of a driver license if the fine isn't paid immediately.
Other characteristics of this scam include:
* Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers
* Scammers may be able to recite the last four of your social security number.
* Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number to make it appear it's the IRS calling.
* Scammers will send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their bogus calls.
* After threatening victims with arrest and driver's license revocation, scammers will call the victims back within minutes pretending to be local police or the DMV.
If you get a phone call or email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what you should do:
* Never give private information over the phone or in an email.
* Residents should call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and confirm whether they owe taxes.
Remember most legitimate government agencies will not demand immediate payment in the form of green dot cards or money orders. They also will not ask you for personal information like your date of birth or social security number over the phone.