Rogers Police Department has received several complaints of scams associated with individuals posing as Internal Revenue Agents. These scams are usually associated with a recorded messages indicating you owe outstanding taxes. The recorded message threatens arrest by police, if the outstanding taxes are not paid. Persons receiving the calls are directed to call a number to speak with the IRS agent. At this time the person may speak directly with an individual, or be instructed to leave a message. Once the person is speaking directly with someone they are advised of an outstanding tax debt. They are advised that failure to pay the tax debt immediately will result in arrest by law enforcement. The person, fearing they owe taxes, and will be arrested, agree to pay the outstanding amount. Generally the person will be instructed to pay in pre-paid cards, or provide the activation codes for the pre-paid cards. Both result in the person losing any money sent to settle the debt. Generally these cases base out of the United States and leave little to no ability for local law enforcement to identify, arrest or recover money.
Please keep in mind the following when dealing with anyone claiming an outstanding IRS debt:
- The IRS is a government agency who collects debt and takes punitive action through due process. If you owe money to the IRS you will have likely been through a lengthy series of notifications from the IRS indicating you owe outstanding taxes.
- Rogers Police Department and other law enforcement agencies do not collect money or enforce outstanding debts to the IRS. Again, you will have been through a legal process before any property can be seized, or you can be arrested.
- The caller ID may indicate the number calling is the IRS but that may not be accurate. The caller ID can easily be manipulated to show a false identification.
- Anyone claiming you owe money, and requests payment through any pre-paid card, should be considered suspicious and likely a scam. Many scams are perpetrated by convincing people to load money onto pre-paid cards and providing the redemption codes. These scams include Government Imposter Scams, Tech Support Scams, Loved One in Trouble Scams, Lottery Scams, and many more. Learn more about the various scams on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.