It’s tax season, which means you need to be extra alert for scammers. The Prescott Police Department has some advice to avoid being scammed.
It’s important to know the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or through social media channels. The agency will send any notification or bill through the mail. The IRS will also never require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a pre-paid debit card, gift card, Bitcoin, or wire transfer. The IRS will never threaten to immediately bring in local police to have you arrested for not paying. If the caller asks for any personal information, do not give it to them. Finally, if you think you owe money to the IRS, contact them directly.
If you believe you have been called by a scammer, report it to your local law enforcement agency.