The Delaware State Police have recently received complaints from citizens in Sussex County concerning phone calls from individuals stating they are with the Internal Revenue Service, division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
Although the calls only have been reported from people living in Sussex County, Fournier said anyone in the state could be targeted.
The scam involves a person claiming the victim owes money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly. If the victim refuses, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of driver's license, amongst other things, Fournier said.
In the most recent phone calls, the individual requests the victim send money in the form of an iTunes card.
According to its website, the IRS will not:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.
- Demand taxes be paid without giving the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say is owed.
- Require use of a specific payment method for taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to make an arrest for not paying.
Many of these scams are difficult to investigate, Fournier said, and scammers will target persons of all age groups.