Phone Scam by IRS Impersonators

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2018 13:57




April 8, 2016

Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police

Pullman Police Department

(509) 334-0802


Phone Scam by IRS Impersonators


PULLMAN – ThePullman Police Department has received reports of attempted fraud committed by persons impersonating IRS investigators.  Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.  The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.  The callers who commit this fraud often:


·       Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

·       Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.

·       Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.

·       Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.

·       Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, & caller ID supports their claim.


The truth is, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. The IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.  If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:


·       If you owe, or think you might owe, federal taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

·       If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

·       You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at Add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

·       Report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at:


Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media. You should forward scam emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.


If you believe that you are a victim of this type of crime, please report it to the Pullman Police Department at (509) 332-2521.


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