The Ypsilanti Police Department would like to inform the residents of the City of Ypsilanti of the recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scams that have been occurring throughout the State of Michigan and the nation.
There are reports of aggressive phone calls being made to residents by criminals impersonating IRS agents. These impersonators may threaten you with arrest or court action unless you send them money, usually through some sort of pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. These callers have also been known to leave an urgent call back request through robo calls or a phishing email. The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
THE IRS WILL NEVER:
- Demand immediate payment and specifically request a type of payment such as cash or a pre-paid debit or credit card.
- Demand payment without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Ask for any personal information over the phone such as social security number, credit or debit cards numbers over the phone.
- DO NOT give out any personal information. Hang up.
- Contact the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at www.tigta.gov or 800-366-4484.
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Please reference “IRS Telephone Scam” in the comments in your complaint.