IRS Scam Reported To Centralia Police

October 11, 2017

On Friday, Oct., 6 Centralia Police took a report of phone scam in which a caller identified their self as being from the Internal Revenue Service.  The complainant determined that number appeared on the caller ID was one of the non-emergency numbers, 618-533-7602, from the Centralia Police Department and notified police.  The practice of making the wrong number appear on caller ID is commonly referred to as “spoofing” and unfortunately this technology is readily available on the internet.  No one from the IRS or the Centralia Police Department will call you and ask for any personal identifiers.

A reminder from the IRS website

REMEMBER: The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. Recognizing these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim.