FREEHOLD, NJ — Telephone tax scammers have resurfaced in Monmouth County, claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and threatening their intended victims with arrest if they do not provide them with payment.

In response, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has issued this warning to residents with this advice: Just hang up.

His message comes in the wake of calls and complaints his office has received from residents regarding telephone solicitation for funds, stating that they owed a large sum of money in taxes, and, that the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office was going to arrest them if they didn’t pay the money.

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“This solicitation is a misrepresentation and is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” said Golden. “Our agency is in no way related to the collection of IRS fees. These calls are scams with one goal — to separate you from your money. In the event you receive this type of phone call, do not give out any information. just hang up. You’re not being rude; you’re being shrewd.”

What the IRS Does Not Do

  • IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone. Its first contact is usually through the mail — initially by regular mail and then by certified mail.
  • IRS does not require payment in a specific form, such as a prepaid debit card. Scammers will often ask their victims to purchase prepaid “Green Dot” cards.
  • IRS does not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone for payment.
  • IRS does not threaten arrest by a local law enforcement agency for not paying over the phone.

To report a phone scam, call the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration hot line at 1-800-366-4484 or visiting its website by clicking here.

Below is video of Sheriff Golden's message.