State Police Warn of Phone Scams During Tax Season

scam-alert-150x120With tax season approaching, Indiana State Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for phone scams. Callers claiming to be from the IRS but often having foreign accents tell residents they may face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t immediately send money for what they say is a delinquent tax bill. Then, they demand personal information to try to steal the recipient’s identity.

Police remind residents that government agencies and banks will never call or e-mail to ask you to verify personal information, and the IRS will never call threatening imprisonment for unpaid taxes. State Police say one way to protect yourself is to let calls go to voicemail if they’re from a number you don’t recognize.