In recent days, the Manchester Township Police Department has received several reports from township residents who received calls from individuals claiming to be IRS representatives demanding payment for outstanding taxes. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, you should record the employee’s name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available. Then call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
- If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back.
- If not, report the incident to TIGTA and to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: ‘IRS Phone Scam’)
The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts
The public is reminded that they should never give out any personal information, including bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers to any institution unless you have initiated the phone call to them and you are certain you are speaking with an authorized representative.
Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call should refuse the demand, write down the caller’s telephone number, and report the matter to the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111.
More information from the IRS about known phising scams and determining the legitimacy of an IRS request is available through their website: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing