Sheriff’s office shares news about phone scam

| October 23, 2019

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the community of elaborate phone scams. As of today, the dispatch center has received multiple calls advising of scammers impersonating IRS, Social Security, Medicare and Law Enforcement. Recent phone scams also have impersonated doctor offices, lawyers, public officials and banks.

Please remember to never give out personal information and to be aware of these types of scams!

IRS Scam, What is it?

An intimidating and sophisticated phone scam, callers claim to be IRS employees, 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, such as ITunes, and tell them the card number or other electronic money wiring method, typically though our local Wal-Mart

What to do?

Know that the IRS or any Government Official 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, or the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office at 740-622-2411.



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