Pawleys Island Police warns residents of IRS scam

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

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