Residents targeted in tax scam, police say

Residents targeted in tax scam, police say

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Double-checking the caller ID may not help the next time you feel you're being targeted in a phone scam.

According to the Amarillo Police Department, several residents say they've received phone calls claiming they owe outstanding taxes and an arrest will be made if the taxes aren't paid immediately.

Furthermore, the con artist's call is disguised as one coming from the police department itself.

Police say scammers use 'spoofing' to alter the phone number that shows up on the caller ID. The cheat can make the call appear to come from any person, business, or even a police department.

APD wants to remind residents it will not call to enforce any outstanding Internal Revenue Service taxes. The IRS itself will never call and demand immediate payment on owed taxes and will send a letter in the mail as the first form of contact.

If you feel like you might owe taxes, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

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