Melrose Police Department

Melrose Police Warn Community About Popular IRS Phone Scams

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Friday, March 31, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Melrose Police Warn Community About Popular IRS Phone Scams

MELROSE — As residents file their taxes this season, Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to remind the community about several ongoing IRS phone scams.

Over the last few days, the Melrose Police Department has received multiple reports from residents about IRS phone scams.

In one instance, a resident reported that she received a pre-recorded call from an IRS “agent,” who stated she was receiving the message because the IRS had issued a warrant for her arrest and her property was being monitored. The “agent” then left a callback number and urged the resident to call the number before further legal action was taken.

Another popular IRS scam includes when an IRS “agent” reports there is a lawsuit against the victim, who is told to call a number and settle the claim.

IRS scammers will also call to inform residents they owe money and must pay it immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The “agent” tells the victim that if they do not cooperate, they will be arrested, deported, or their business license or driver’s license will be suspended. The caller is often intimidating and may make hostile and insulting statements.

“The IRS will always contact you by mail first,” Chief Lyle said. “If you receive one of these bogus calls, immediately hang up. Do not call the number they give you and do not give out any personal information no matter how convincing the person seems. This is a scam”

If a victim gives away a pre-paid debit card number or makes a wire transfer, the money is gone and lost forever. There is usually no way to recover those funds.

Other characteristics of scams include:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: