Morrisville police warn residents of phone scams, police impersonation

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Telephone scams over the last couple of days – at least one which led to a man impersonating a police officer – have been reported to the Morrisville Police Department.

The police department is warning the public about the scams, where the caller poses as the IRS and threatens the victim with arrest if money is not paid.

In one particular case, the victim was contacted and threatened with deportation if the victim did not comply. The victim was then directed to leave her residence where she was met by a male suspect impersonating law enforcement.

The victim was then led to a location near the intersection of Maynard and Walnut Street where she was directed to withdraw a large sum of cash via portable skimmer device. The victim returned to her home unharmed.

The suspect impersonating an officer is described as a black male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, about 35 years old, muscular build, clean shaven, wearing all black and operating a white vehicle with “police” written on the side.

There were three additional suspects all described as white males, 25-30 years of age, with blonde hair.

Anyone with information about this crime or if you were a victim of a scam please contact the Morrisville Police Department or Detective Mullis at 919-463-1600.

Below are five things scammers often do that the real IRS would never do, courtesy of www.irs.gov:

The IRS will never

  • Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to 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.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • If you’ve been targeted by any scam, be sure to contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

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