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Washington Twp. police warn of IRS scam

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Washington Township Police Department is warning all township residents of an Internal Revenue Service telephone scam.

The caller states that “you owe money for back taxes” and instructs the victim to obtain “prepaid credit card.”  The victim is then asked to provide the suspect with access to the card and money loaded onto the card, police said.

These telephone calls indicate they are being received from the IRS, but however the caller-identification has been altered. In addition residents are being advised that unless the money is paid, a member of Washington Township Police Department will arrive shortly and place the victim under arrest, police said.

The Internal Revenue Service never demands or request money over the telephone. No matter how persistent or convincing the caller may appear, residents are urged not to provide money, access to accounts or obtain debit cards which can be accessed by the caller, police said.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we 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.

Additional information can be found at IRS.gov.

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