The FCC is warning consumers about a spoofing scheme.
The new tax laws are causing some confusion and thieves are using that to their advantage. In the latest scheme, people are receiving calls from what seems to be the IRS.
But, the thieves are using caller ID, spoofing so people are more likely to give up their personal information and money. Some local residents have experienced schemes like this first hand.
“My grandmother was actually scammed they had her send $25 iTunes gift cards to them and it was about $300 worth,” said Gabriel Anderson of Springfield.
According to the FCC, they receive consumer complaints about fake IRS calls all year round but especially during tax season.
A common threat thieves make over the phone is to get local law enforcement involved. Local police departments do not make arrests for the IRS.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News there are ways to protect yourself from schemes.
“Call for help,” said Wilk. “Call us, call a friend, call a relative. Don’t just automatically assume something bad is going to happen. Take a breath, step back and make a phone call, ask some questions.”
The IRS does not call to demand immediate payment, they will mail you a bill if you owe any taxes and they will never demand payment in the form of a gift card or a wire transfer.
Never give personal information over the phone. If you receive a suspicious phone call hang up and call the police.