PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) — The Pawleys Island Police Department is warning the community of a scam.
Authorities say someone is calling residents identifying themselves as a member of the police department. We’re told the suspect say is trying to “scam them with a warrant from IRS.”
So, how to spot an IRS phone scam?
Scammers frequently say things the IRS would never say over the phone. The IRS will never:
- Call about money owed without first mailing you a bill
- Demand immediate payment by phone
- Demand payment without allowing you to question or appeal the amount
- Ask for your bank account or credit card information
- Require that you pay taxes in a certain manner, like with a prepaid debit card
- Threaten to send the police to arrest you
If you get a phone call by someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- Don’t talk to the caller or give out any information
- Hang up immediately
- Report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, either online at IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting or by phone at 800-366-4484
- Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant