RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Raleigh Police Department’s phone number has reportedly been used as part of an Internal Revenue Service scam to collect money from victims, the police department said.
The IRS and law enforcement agencies throughout the country have received reports of scammers pretending to be IRS agents. According to police, the people involved in the schemes threaten to arrest victims and try to convince them to make payments using prepaid debit cards to avoid arrest.
According to police, the latest reports show that scammers often research their victims so they can come across as being familiar with some personal information about them in an attempt to be more convincing. The IRS has recently renewed a warning about the scams that offers tips on how to spot bogus calls.
Scammers will often use caller ID spoofing that makes it look like they’re calling from some sort of official number. Police said that reports have shown that some scammers have used caller IDs that make it appear as though the calls are coming from the Raleigh Police Department.
Officials said that Raleigh police will never call anyone to demand payment to avoid arrest and are not involved with IRS collection interactions with taxpayers.
If you or someone you know receives a call from someone posing as an IRS agent and demanding payment is advised to hang up the phone. Police said that under no circumstances should anyone transfer any money or provide personal information to the scammers.