Acadia Parish Sheriff warns of IRS phone scam

CROWLEY, La. (KLFY) – The sheriff of Acadia Parish is warning residents to be aware of an aggressive phone scam where the calls appear to come from sheriff’s office.

The scammers are reported to intimidate victims by claiming that they owe taxes and will be arrested if they don’t immediately pay through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

Sheriff K.P. Gibson said in a news release that the scammers are altering the caller ID and telephone number to give the appearance that the call is coming from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff said in some cases the victims may be told they have a tax refund due in order to trick the victim into sharing private information with the scammers.

According to the IRS’s website, www.irs.gov, there are several variations of the IRS impersonation scam.

Sheriff Gibson wants to remind residents that the IRS will never:

  • call to demand immediate payment
  • threaten to bring in law enforcement
  • ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

 

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