State College police warn against IRS scam calls, emails

State College police urged people in a release to stay alert for scams involving the IRS.

“Aggressive and sophisticated phone and email scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, have been making rounds throughout the country,” the release said. “Scammers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they contact victims. The scammers use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. Victims are often told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately, or victims are told they are owed a refund to try to trick the victim into providing personal information. Here is some information and things to remember to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of IRS scams.”

Police said scammers may be convincing when they know information about their targets, use methods to make their caller ID disguised and believable, use emails displaying the IRS logo and threaten people with fines, deportation and suspension of driver’s licenses. Scammers typically ask for payment methods like prepaid debit cards, wire transfers and iTunes gift cards.

The IRS does not call people to demand immediate payments, require specific payment methods, ask for card information or threaten to bring in law enforcement agencies.