IRS phone scam problem in county

| April 26, 2016

COSHOCTON COUNTY – Due to the influx of recent calls, The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is reminding our community of an elaborate IRS impersonating phone scam.

An intimidating and sophisticated phone scam, callers claim to be IRS employees, may be an automated phone call and say you owe taxes. They might also:

  • Threaten to arrest or deport you if you don’t pay
  • Know all or part of your Social Security number
  • Rig caller ID to make it look like the call is from the IRS, or Law Enforcement
  • Tell you to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the card number or other electronic money wiring method

Know that the IRS does NOT:

  • Call to demand immediate payment about taxes owed without first sending you a notification by mail
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment

If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 or visit

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