The Chatham Borough Police Department would like to advise all residents about an increase in fraudulent telephone calls being made to residents.
Lately, residents have been receiving phone calls from someone who identifies themselves as an agent of the IRS. The caller tells the victim that they owe several thousand dollars in back taxes and they must pay immediately to avoid arrest.
The caller tells the victims they can pay immediately and avoid arrest by going to a local store and purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak Card in the amount they supposedly ‘owe’ to the IRS. The caller then asks for the card number and PIN and the funds are drained from the card.
The IRS does not call people about tax issues, they send out letters. Often the caller will have personal information about the victim that makes them seem legitimate. If a resident receives a call of this type they should immediately hang up and notify the Police Department. The scam should also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission and can be done online at www.consumer.ftc.gov. Do not give out any personal information and NEVER wire money to anyone you don’t know.
An internet search of ‘Green Dot MoneyPak Cards’ will demonstrate how these cards are being used all over the country to perpetrate scams.
Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department