Deputies: IRS scam surfacing in Duplin Co.

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies in Duplin County say a scam reported across the east is surfacing there too.

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday morning that it’s receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who say they’ve gotten a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That agent then tells the intended victim that they’re being sued for unpaid taxes. The scammer then attempts to pressure the victim into paying a fee with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. At times, the “IRS Agent” will claim an arrest warrant will be issued if the taxes aren’t immediately paid.

Don’t fall for it! And don’t give out your personal information. Just hang up.

The IRS will never initiate contacting a taxpayer by phone, email, text or social media.  The IRS only notifies taxpayers about issues with tax payments by mail with an official bill.  The IRS also will not demand immediate payment or require that you pay taxes in a certain way such as a pre-paid debit card.

To report these calls, use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” link on their webpage, www.irs.gov or call 1-800-366-4484.

And remember, you should never give out personal information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information via telephone.

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