BURLINGTON, N.C. – Burlington Police say they are warning residents about people calling and posing as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Officers told WFMY News 2 they received reports from people saying they have been given fake names and badge numbers from people portraying themselves as IRS agents. The calls are coming from "spoofed" phone numbers or phone numbers randomly selected that appear as legitimate numbers on caller ID.
Police say the spoofed numbers are not the phone numbers that the person is actually calling from. Two of the numbers victims gave police are 866-267-3298 and 888-370-9587, plus restricted or blocked numbers.
In some situations, officers say the caller even threatens to have the person arrested if they do not pay by 5:00 p.m. on that particular day.
Burlington Police Department advised residents to see this post from the IRS' website from April 14:
These are the recommended steps in the event a citizen feels that they have been scammed:
· If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
· If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also 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.
Anyone with information or questions about these incidents is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336-229-7100 or Burlington Police at 336-229-3503.