BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Police Authorities would like to remind residents of common telephone fraud and scams. Especially active during tax season are IRS telephone scams.

“Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: "A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) or the IRS.”

For further information on this topic and other scams please visit:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud