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Amherst Police Warn of Ongoing IRS Scams

Amherst Police are warning people to be on alert for IRS Scams making the rounds "Again" throughout Amherst and Western New York.

Since these bogus calls can take many forms and scammers are constantly changing their strategies, knowing the telltale signs is the best way to avoid becoming a victim.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

  • Threaten to immediately 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, gift card or wire transfer.

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

Here is a Sample of an Actual Notice from the IRS. Again, They DO NOT Call to attempt to contact you. Several Notices are mailed to you (Like The Sample Below) before they attempt to call you.

NEVER Have they asked for payments over the phone. When the IRS Contacts you, They send a notice like the one above with a bill to make a payment. Again They NEVER Take Payments Over The Phone!!!

Don't be a Victim to this Scam. Make Yourself Aware!

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.

  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

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