IRS phone scam continues in region
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is the latest agency to issue a warning on an ongoing phone scam in western Colorado.
Last month, several residents reported receiving calls similar to those described in recent press releases in Pitkin and Eagle counties, as well as warnings from the Internal Revenue Service.
According to an IRS, potential victims may be told that they’re entitled to refunds or owe money that must be paid immediately. The call may appear to come from the IRS toll-free number, or the caller may give a fake badge number as identification. The scam also has been attempted via email.
Real IRS agents always send notifications of tax due via the U.S. mail, the agency emphasizes, and will never ask for a payment or confidential information over the telephone.
If you think you may owe taxes, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. You can also report an attempted scam or get more information on phishing at irs.gov.
Other recent phone scams in the area include promises to deliver product or services, threats of arrest on outstanding warrants, callers claiming to be from local electric companies, and one masquerading as the Post Independent’s classified advertising department.
“Protect yourself from this type of invasion and check on anyone asking for money or a payment who has called you,” the sheriff’s warning said. “Get a return number and don’t divulge any personal information or account numbers until you know who you are dealing with and that they are a legitimate company. If you are suspicious make a few calls or contact your local law enforcement officers. Time and diligence on your part could save you from falling victim to these phone scams.”
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