Police advisory: Fake IRS scam targets Janesville Area

Police advisory: Fake IRS scam targets Janesville Area
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Janesville police are advising residents to be aware of fake IRS scams that have caused thousands of people to lose millions of dollars and personal information.

The Janesville Police Department offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to the scams:

-The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media to request personal or financial information.

-The IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.

-The IRS does not call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

-The IRS does not demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.

-The IRS does not threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes

In the case that you owe taxes, the IRS instructs taxpayers to the United States Treasury. For specific guidelines on how to make a tax payment go to irs.gov/payments.