Hang up if callers says they are IRS employees

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service, hang up. It’s a scam.

On Thursday, Johnson County sheriff’s deputies responded to three reports of a person calling and claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told residents they owe $2,000 to $3,000 in unpaid taxes, and they must pay over the phone or a warrant would be issued for their arrest.

Johnson County sheriff’s deputies took reports of the scam attempt from residents in Franklin, Greenwood and Trafalgar, according to police reports.

One resident reported the caller demanded payment of nearly $2,400 the caller claimed was owed from 2008 to 2013. The caller also told the resident if he didn’t pay the amount over the phone, a deputy would be at his front door with a warrant in two hours, according to the report.

Another resident said the caller, who stated he was calling on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, knew his address and his name, the report said.

The Internal Revenue Service website warns people of the phone scam, noting the IRS will never contact anyone by phone and won’t request payment or debit and credit card information over the phone.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at celliot@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2719.