Darke County Sheriff warns of scam alert


Staff report



DARKE COUNTY – The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting an IRS telephone scam in the Darke County area over the last few days. This type of scam has been going on all around the country for sometime and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically.

The scam typically involves a caller reporting that the IRS is taking legal action against the person receiving the call. The caller often threatens that this is a final call and some financial or legal detriment will come to the victim. Many times the caller has a foreign accent and uses intimidation to solicit personal information from the unsuspecting citizen. In addition they may suggest a particular amount of money that the victim could send to stop the alleged “IRS” legal action. The caller will suggest that you send money through money wiring services or money cards.

This is a scam and an illegal telecommunications fraud scheme. The numbers on the caller ID are often incorrect or can not be effectively tracked within the state or country. If you receive such a call you should immediately hang up and do not engage the caller. Do not provide or verify any personal information that the caller might ask for or present. Do not send money.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the scam and you do not need to report it to us unless you have shared your personal information or feel you have been victimized by the scam and suffered a monetary loss.

Sheriff Toby Spencer is warning citizens not to fall for this scam. In all situations, it is important that citizens do not verify or provide any personal information over the phone unless they positively know or trust the caller.

Any citizens who have suffered a monetary loss or feel they have compromised their personal identifying information can contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or their local law enforcement agency.

Below is a link to a press release from the IRS with more information.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/phone-scams-continue-to-be-a-serious-threat-remain-on-irs-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-the-2016-filing-season

Staff report