The Bullhead City Police Department is warning the public about a tax scam. Victims nationwide have reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and stating they owe taxes. Victims are then instructed to 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. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And, the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer and does not ask for a credit card number over the phone. The Bullhead City Police Department would like to remind residents to NEVER give out personal or bank information over the phone, internet or by mail… unless YOU initiated the contact with the person or company. Simply hang up and call the number you know to be legitimate. Also
be aware of ‘phishing’ scams, where someone pretends to be from a legitimate organization and asks for personal information for verification purposes.
Contributed by Emily Fromelt