Yesterday, the Edmonds Police Department and Lake Stevens Police Department both issued separate warnings about IRS scammers calling citizens in their respective cities.
According to Edmonds police, a caller identifies himself as an “IRS agent,” and that the person answering the phone owes back taxes and needs to pay them immediately. They will be arrested if they don’t. The “agent” wants the victim to buy a Green dot card and to read the card number and the PIN in order to pay.
Edmonds police also reminds people that you might receive a “grandparent” scam call where a caller claims that a relative is in dire trouble and if you don’t pay they will be thrown in jail.
The IRS will not call you demanding immediate payment for back taxes. Nor will a legitimate police agency or sheriff’s office demand immediate payment to keep a relative out of jail.
Also, today, there were several reports on Woodinville social media of residents receiving calls from an “IRS” scammer. So scammers are alive and well trying to scare you out of your money posing as IRS agents.
While these scams are serious, here is a funny call recorded on YouTube. This is what happens when an “IRS” scammer calls a police department. The cop even tried to give a geography lesson:
Finally, if you are not familiar with the psychology of scammers, here is a short article from the Better Business Bureau about how they work and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim:
Edmonds Police Department: