Rowan residents getting a lot of bogus IRS phone calls

Rowan residents getting a lot of bogus IRS phone calls

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The Salisbury Police Department has a word of warning for folks who are thinking that they are getting threatening phone calls from the IRS; it's a scam.

It's been happening all over the area, but lately there have been several reports of Salisbury residents getting calls from people claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

In each case the caller tells the victim that they have not paid enough taxes and that they will send law enforcement to arrest them unless they make immediate payment, usually through the purchase of a gift card.

Captain Sheila Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department told WBTV that the IRS never demands immediate payment without the opportunity to appeal or question, never asks citizens to pay a tax bill with a specific payment method such as a cash or gift card, and never contacts local law enforcement to arrest people over income tax payments in the way that it is represented in the phone call.

Lingle said that anyone getting such a call should hang up, then call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 if they have any questions, and call the police to report the call.