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Hawthorne Residents Get Hit With IRS Scam

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August 2,2018

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Hawthorne NJ, BORO OF HAWTHORNE: 8/1 – Residents reporting calls from 973-427-1800 claiming to be IRS demanding money for back taxes. This is a scam call, provide no info
Please advise neighbors and any Senior Citizens in your neighborhood. These people are threatening arrest if money is not paid. Total Scam IRS would not call to collect taxes!

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Quick Thinking Ridgewood Police Officer stops IRS Scam

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Quick Thinking Ridgewood Police Officer stops IRS Scam
July 28,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Quick thinking on the part of an observant bank teller and an immediate response by Ridgewood PD Patrol Officer Paul Dinice saved a local resident from becoming a victim of the increasingly pervasive “IRS Scam.” Officer Dinice was dispatched to a local Chase Bank branch (84 East Ridgewood Avenue) following receipt of a 911 telephone call from a bank teller there who reported that a very distraught female patron talking on a cell phone had asked to withdraw a large sum of money.
After arriving at the bank less than 60 seconds from being dispatched, Dinice quickly located and interviewed the intended victim. He determined almost immediately that the “IRS Scam” was in play and convinced the 57-year old resident to hang up the phone. Still distraught, the resident asked to be transported to a local pharmacy, a request Dinice cheerfully honored.
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Ridgewood Resident Hit by Phone Scam

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Ridgewood Resident Hit by Phone Scam
February 6,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood police report that on January 29, 2015 a Ridgewood resident reported getting a call from “American National Award” stating that she had won a cash award. The caller advised that she needed to wire money in order to receive her winnings. The victim complied and sent $539.00 to the caller. The matter is under investigation by the Ridgewood Detective Bureau.

Often, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say “yes.” But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company.

Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say “no, thank you,” hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:

You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
You’ve won big money in a foreign lottery.
This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.
You have to make up your mind right away.
You trust me, right?
You don’t need to check our company with anyone.
We’ll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card. (http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams)

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves. Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail

Other characteristics of this scam include:

Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail tophishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

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