MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Town of Morristown is warning people of a phone scam that is hitting our area, with authorities estimating the reach to be of  "epidemic proportions". 

“The number of people receiving these unsolicited calls from individuals who fraudulently claim to represent the IRS is growing at an alarming rate,” The Attorney General said. “At all times, especially around the time of the tax filing season, we want to make sure that taxpayers are alerted to this scam so they are not harmed by these criminals,” he said, adding, “Do not become a victim.”

The scammers will call pretending to be an IRS agent and demand payment immediately by cash, prepaid debit cards, money orders or wire transfers from their banks. Typically the callers will threaten those who refuse to pay with being charged for a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment, immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. Do not pay and hang up immediately. 

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Residents are reminded that the IRS first contacts people by mail and will not ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card, credit card, money order or wire transfer. 

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for payment, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. 

 

It is tax season, stay vigilant. Don't become a victim.