Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

Be wary of those requesting personal information over the phone.

According to the Jamestown Police Department, several local residents have received phone calls from a man claiming to be an IRS agent. The so-called agent reportedly advised them that they owed back taxes and needed their Social Security Number for verification.

Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, indicated that the scam number has a 202 area code, which is from Washington, D.C.

Though none of the aforementioned residents gave away their personal information, some did call the number back and received a reply from someone answering as an IRS agent.

“The real IRS would never (answer the phone like this),” said Samuelson, who described how government agencies typically have an automated directory service instead. “(These scammers) are probably operating out of someone’s home.”

Samuelson added that these scams are frequent, but are typically a “lottery-type” scam in which somebody claims that the victim has won a large sum of money and needs some personal information in return, like a Social Security Number, home address and date of birth.

“The message here is don’t ever give your information out to anyone,” Samuelson said.