Police warn of IRS scam
The Staples Police Department has recently received an increased number of reports of scam phone calls made to local phone numbers.
In the reports received the caller is claiming to be from the IRS and demanding banking information. The caller can be threatening and makes threats about criminal action that will be taken if you do not respond to the call.
The caller will make comments such as “We have been trying to reach you and you must respond” or “This is your final notice.”
Staples Police reminds everyone that the IRS, as well as other businesses in similar scams, does not contact people by phone and you should never give out personal information over the phone.
If someone calls asking for your banking information, the best action to take is to hang up the phone. Never give them additional information about yourself or any reason to call back. The scammer attempts to use threats to coerce you into giving out person information. Simply hang up the phone and do not give out any information.
This scam has been around for the last couple years but Staples Police Department has had numerous reports of it in the last week.
The Cass County Sheriff issued a similar warning last November and the Wadena County Sheriff noted increased reports in August.
The Minnesota attorney General’s web site www.ag.state.mn.us has information for individuals who received this type of threatening calls from scammers.