Sheriff Alan C. Jones announces that today the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has received an increased amount of reports from residents indicating that scam phone calls are being received from individuals representing that they are with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and attempting to solicit funds. The solicitation from the scammer may include a threat of arrest or other legal action if the taxes are not paid immediately. The scammers have instructed residents to forward funds to them via money order or through the use of ITunes cards that are purchased at a local retail store. We are asking all residents that receive any calls from anyone portraying themselves as IRS employees demanding anything of value with the treat of any legal action to disconnect the call. If you are a resident that is unsure if you owe taxes and feel that you need to verify if taxes are indeed owed we are asking that you contact the Internal Revenue Service at 800-829-1040.
Residents are also encouraged to make a report of the scam online with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.tigta.gov or by calling 800-366-4484. We are again requesting that all residents DO NOT send funds or anything of value to anyone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service without first verifying that you owe taxes and receiving direction on paying outstanding taxes from the IRS at the number listed above or at the direction of your Accountant.