The Peru Police Department has received several calls today regarding residents receiving calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT call and demand immediate payment.
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT call you even if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT demand you pay your taxes and WILL NOT tell you that you are not allowed to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT require you to pay your taxes in a certain way, for instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT ask you for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- The Internal Revenue Service WILL NOT threaten to bring in the police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
The Internal Revenue Service also reports:
If you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think you do:
- Do not give out any information and hang up immediately
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page. You can also call 800-366-4484
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on . Please add IRS Telephone Scam in the notes.
If you know you owe or think you owe taxes:
- Call the IRS at 800·829·1040. An IRS worker can help you.
- Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time.
- For more, visit "Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts" on .
- Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on .
We have also received calls from citizens reporting calls from Publishers Clearing House. These callers are very aggressive in trying to obtain information from you. Please be aware of both of these scams.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Peru Police Department at the (765) 473-2150.