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Farry Alerts Residents about Ongoing IRS Scam
11/6/2015
LANGHORNE – To proactively alert local residents before they are targeted and scammed out of their hard-earned money, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) alerted the public today about an ongoing IRS scam that is pursuing area residents.

“Recently, several Bucks County residents have received threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, telling them they owe large sums of money and they need to work with the IRS to avoid being arrested,” Farry explained.

Farry warns residents that while the caller may seem legitimate by referencing a consumer’s personal information that is not publicly available, the information was most likely obtained by the scammer illegally. This information may include the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number, information about the consumer’s family members, spoofing the IRS’s telephone number or even that of law enforcement or other government entities on caller ID.

Scammers have attempted to pressure consumers to take action, meet them at a local business with payment, and even threatened them with imminent arrest. Residents are encouraged to remain calm and hang up the phone.

Farry reminds residents that according to the IRS, the agency will:

• Never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.
• Never demand that residents pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say is owed.
• Never require someone to use a specific payment method for taxes owed, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Never threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have residents arrested for not paying.

Additionally, the IRS has stated that it does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss personal tax issues.

Consumers are advised to report these scams to the Bucks County Department of Consumer Protection at (215) 348-6060, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555. Consumers may also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Hotline at (800) 366-4484.

For more information about reporting tax scams, visit www.irs.gov.

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Abbey Haslam
717.260.6222
ahaslam@pahousegop.com
RepFarry.com

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