Residents warned of IRS scams

February 28, 2018

Delaware State Police are warning residents about an IRS scam that involves payment with an iTunes card.

Residents from across the state have told police that someone claiming to be with the IRS called them, claiming the resident owes the IRS money, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

If the victim refuses to pay, Austin said, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of their driver's license, amongst other things.

“In the most recent phone calls, the individual requests the victim send money in the form of an iTunes card,” Austin said.

The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, he said, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

According to the IRS, they also would never demand that a resident pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; require someone use a specific payment method for their taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to make an arrest for failure to pay.

Austin said many of these scams are difficult to investigate. Scams target persons of all age groups, he said, and police ask citizens to remember IRS tips in order to prevent becoming a victim of one of these scams.