Plainfield Police warn of new phone scam

8/17/2016, 11:08 a.m.
Plainfield Police are warning residents not to fall prey to calls purporting to be from the IRS demanding payment.

Over the past few weeks, Plainfield Police have received reports from residents of possible phone scams.

Some of these scams include a person calling and saying they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding payment of back taxes (“IRS scam”), or a person posing as a law enforcement official saying they have the victim’s relative in custody and demanding payment for bond (“Grandparent Scam”).

In the majority of these calls, the person will demand some type of payment, either via wire transfer, prepaid debit card or other means to collect money.

ALL of these calls are scams! The IRS posted an article on their website detailing these scams and listed five things the IRS will NEVER do:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill

  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe

  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card

  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

  5. Threaten to bring local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying

Many times, these calls will look official because the phone number on the caller id may say it is coming from the IRS or your local police agency, but if the person on the other line is demanding payment over the phone, HANG UP! IT’S A SCAM.

Neither the IRS nor your local police agency will demand payment over the phone. If you feel you have been a victim of this scam, contact your local authorities.