The Leesburg Police Department has seen an uptick in complaints from residents being threatened by callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
In the phone scams, the callers claim the residents owe back taxes and threaten to have them arrested if they do not comply with their directions to pay them back immediately. This type of scam, along with others such as failure to show up for jury duty, have been occurring more frequently, according the department, and many victims fall prey to the intimidation and pay the scammers.
The department issued these tips for residents on Friday. The IRS will never:
1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.