MILLTOWN, NJ - Today, the Milltown Police Department reported receiving around 30 telephone calls from residents to report an Internal Revenue Service scam.
A caller identifying himself as Dennis Quaid from the IRS, tells the proposed victim that money is owed for back taxes. The victim is then asked to immediately wire money or be arrested by their local police department. Residents in East Brunswick and South Brunswick reported similar telephone calls to their local police departments as well. Many people that received these scam IRS calls told police that the caller's telephone number had a 206 area code.
Last week, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office sent out a warning regarding an increase in phone cons aimed at scamming money by frightening residents into payment.
The Milltown Police Department is advising residents not to send money or give out any personal information to unsolicited callers.
In response to previous similar IRS scam, the IRS has instructed taxpayers that their office doesn't telephone people to demand immediate payment on back taxes or issue threats of arrest. If there is an issue with a personal or business tax return, the IRS contacts people through the mail with an official correspondance. People are then given an opportunity to address the issue.
Such scam telephone calls involving the IRS can also be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in additon to the local police department. The TIGTA has a page on their website to report con incidents from callers claiming to be from the IRS. They can also be reached by telephoning 800-366-4484.
To avoid becoming a victim of any phone scam, law enforcement agencies remind people to:
- Never give personal information, including social security number, bank account numbers or PIN numbers to strangers or unsolicited callers.
- Never wire money to a stranger or a business. Wire transfers can't be stopped once they are put in effect and are difficult for investigators to trace.
- Consider installing Caller ID so that incoming calls can be screened.