Ridgewood Nj, Ridgewood Police report that on Friday, October 16, 2015, a Fairway Road resident reported receiving a telephone call from an individual identifying himself as a representative of the United States Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Unit. The caller stated that victim had “willfully defrauded” the IRS and that the victim would be arrested, have his/her assets frozen and driving privileges/passport revoked if the victim did not wire funds ($4986.45) to an account number provided that was alleged to be an IRS tax payment account.
Numerous incidents of this type of scheme are reported to this agency on a weekly basis. Neither governmental agencies nor public utilities handle criminal investigations/delinquent accounts in this manner. Do not fall victim to this type of scam and please spread the word regarding this fraudulent activity, particularly to your elderly relatives and neighbors who often fall victim to these crimes. The matter is under investigation by the detective bureau.
This type of scam was also reported by the Glen Rock Police department on Wednesday October 21st.DO NOT provide funds or info to anyone over the phone. Reports of IRS calling residents to collect back due taxes, is a scam.