SAFFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
IT IS SCAMMING SEASON!!!
The IRS Scam and Publisher's Clearance House Scam are the most popular right now. Please don't fall prey to these scams.
INFO ON THE IRS SCAM: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning telephone scams are getting worse in Arizona. Scammers pose as an IRS or U.S. Treasury Department agent and victims are threatened with being arrested if they don't make an immediate payment for taxes or fines owned. "These con-artists are using scare tactics to rip off some of the most vulnerable members of our community," Brnovich said. "Arizonans need to remember the IRS will never call you and demand immediate payment, "Brnovich said.
Here are some things to remember that the IRS will never do:
· Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
· Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
· Require you to use a specific payment method for your 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 have you arrested for not paying.
If you believe you have been the victim of a phone scam or any other type of consumer fraud, please file a consumer complaint at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer or contact the Consumer Information and Complaints Unit in Phoenix at (602)542-5763; in Tucson at (520) 628-6504 and outside the Phoenix metropolitan area at (800) 352-8431.
If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
With Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes scam is now full throttle. The prizes are tempting but are actually awarded February 26th. Still the supposed "winners" are getting congratulations via phone calls, emails, letters and even social media messages.
If you are among those who have received those phone calls, please report them to the Fraud Watch Network Helpline (877-908-3360, toll-free).
The Safford Police Department's mission is to serve the public by furthering a partnership with the community to protect life and property, prevent crimes, and solve problems. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life by earning the mutual trust and respect of the community through our professionalism and commitment to excellence. Our vision is to become a leader among agencies providing police services by placing a high priority on community involvement, education, customer service and respect for individual rights.