Two local police departments warning about IRS fraud scams
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Two southeastern Wisconsin police departments are issuing warnings about IRS scams.
The Oak Creek Police Department says residents in the area have reported getting calls from people claiming to be IRS employees, demanding money and threatening to call police if the money is not received.
The Eagle Police Department in Waukesha County says not to talk to anyone from the phone number 425-332-7758 as it's part of an IRS fraud scheme. Police say the number leaves an automated message threatening arrest for unpaid taxes. Investigators said when they called the number back, the "agent" asked for personal information and wanted them to wire money to them in an untraceable or unrecoverable way.
Police are reminding the public that the IRS will generally contact you via the US mail first and will never contact taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Authorities recommend always doing an internet search of a number to see if it comes up as a scam and to call police and report the incident.
Investigators also say to look out for loved ones who may be susceptible to falling for an IRS scam.