By Alyssa Schnugg
Fake IRS scammers have upped their game and are now showing up on front porches rather than just on the phone, according to local law enforcement.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday afternoon that earlier in the day a county resident reported that a man had come their home, posing as an IRS agent.
The “agent” told the homeowner that a warrant had been issued for their arrest but if they gave the “agent” money, the IRS would drop all charges.
“If a person comes to your door and does not have proper identification, contact their local authorities,” said Maj. Alan Wilburn.
The man was described as a white male, stocky build, 5-foot, 6-to 8-inches tall, in his early 40’s with brown hair. He drove a dark grey compact car.
The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.
The IRS does not:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
- Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.