October 25, 2016
Scammers posing as IRS Agents, Federal Investigators, and other Officials are still trying to swindle you out of your hard earned money. Don’t fall for it! Ask them to send you the information in writing by mail to the address they have on file. If the caller asks for your address, then it is highly probable that they are not legitimate.
DeFuniak Springs Police have received more complaints of scammers active in the area. Complaints that a purported “IRS Agent,” demanding money for taxes owed or the Citizen would be arrested, and that money needs to be paid or federal litigation will take place are just a couple of variations. Scammers have also advised the resident to purchase a prepaid credit card and give the information to them. The IRS would never ask you to purchase a prepaid credit card for payment. It’s even hard to trust the caller ID, since there are many internet spoofing services that scammers are using to act like someone else. A caller can enter the information they want to spoof and it will appear on the person’s caller ID as coming from the agency or company. “The best solution is to contact us before giving out any personal information, stated Chief Weeks. I would not want anyone to fall victim to fraud. Just call us, we’re here to help and will follow-up on the source of the potential scam.”
If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a phone call or letter you received, don’t give them your personal or financial information. Please call the DeFuniak Springs Police at 892-8513 or your local law enforcement agency for help.