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Telephone Scam Update

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Aug 27, 2014

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Sergeant Bobby Moll
Press Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office has been receiving reports recently of a new pitch that telephone scammers are using to extort and defraud residents. The scam begins with an unsolicited phone call, in which the callers identify themselves as government officials, often from the IRS or a public utility, and demand payment of back taxes or unpaid service bills. The scammers then aggressively argue that if payment is not made immediately, the police will be dispatched to arrest or physically harm the victim.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office urges residents who receive such a call to write down the caller's name and any information the caller gives, end the call, and then independently contact the agency the caller claimed to be working for to verify the status of any accounts. Residents should not call back to the number the call came from; but instead, use a previous billing statement, a phone book, or the internet to determine the official phone number for the agency.

 In general, residents should never give out any personal or financial information to an unsolicited telephone caller. John Koskinen, an IRS Commissioner stated that the IRS will never make a phone call out of the blue. All IRS official correspondence will be sent though the mail. 
 
Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS (www.irs.gov):
·         Never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
·         Never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations.
·         Never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
 
Lieutenant Andy Josey with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office stated, "We need your help to reach those who can't receive these warnings electronically.  Please share this with family, friends, and neighbors."
 
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.