The Erath County Sheriff’s Office issued a release warning residents of an IRS scam making its way around the county.
“The Erath County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls from citizens regarding the IRS,” the release states. “ They have received calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS stating that the citizen owes money to the IRS and if the citizen doesn’t remit payment there will be a warrant issued for their arrest.”
The IRS website acknowledges this scam and states that the IRS will never:
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. There are variations of the IRS scam phone calls that continue year-round so be sure to remember those key things.
“Investigators are reviewing the cases as they come in to see if there has been any monetary loss to victims,” the sheriff’s office release states.