Police offer advice on avoiding IRS scammers

Police offer advice on avoiding IRS scammers

NEWTON, N.C. – Scammers from faraway places are contacting area residents pretending to be Internal Revenue Service representatives. To protect yourself, please remember these tips from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper:

» The IRS will never call and demand immediate payment, require you to provide payment information over the phone, or demand that you use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card.

» No legitimate tax collector will threaten to arrest you or send law enforcement officers to your home if you refuse to pay taxes over the telephone.

» If you believe you may owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or visit your local office.

» Report the call to the Attorney General's Office by filling a consumer complaint at 

» You can also report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at

» If you have fallen victim to the scam or are considering responding to one of these calls, call the Attorney General's Office at 877-5-NO-SCAM.

Information provided by the North Carolina Department of Justice.