Scam calls plague the region

LATAH COUNTY, Idaho—The Latah County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents in the area about an IRS phone scam.

This is just one of many scam phone calls reported in the Inland Northwest recently. Avista warned of a phone scam earlier this month.

Reports said the scammers call claiming to be with the IRS and tell people they owe taxes. The scammers threaten to arrest, deport, close a business or take away the victim’s driver’s license.

The twist is the scammers tell people they have to pay with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. Authorities warned that the IRS notifies people by mail and would never ask for those forms of payment.

The IRS urged people who think they could owe federal taxes to hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

A few signs it is a fraud caller include using common names and fake IRS badge numbers, knowing the last four digits of the victim’s social security number, the caller ID appearing to have an IRS phone number, and a second call claiming to be the police, DMV.

Authorities said to report scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. 

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