Charlestown Residents Receiving IRS Phone Scam

Charlestown Residents have reported receiving an IRS phone scam recently and this is the same scam warned about by the Attorney General’s office.

Here is a typical message: “We have been trying to reach you. This is the IRS and we are advising you that the IRS is filing lawsuit against you. You must call us back at 484-456-6625 immediately.

The scammers have created a network of phone numbers to give the appearance of legitimacy.

The Rhode Island Attorney General  strongly suggests not to engage the caller. The longer you are on the phone, the more likely you will be scammed into giving them money or personal identifying information.

If someone calls claiming to be from the IRS, simply hang up. If you receive a voicemail from someone claiming to be from the IRS, do not call them back,” said the Attorney General. “These criminals prey on the honest nature of citizens. With these outfits operating outside the reach and jurisdiction of traditional law enforcement, the best chance we have to stop it is through consumer education. Our consumers are on the front line of this scam, and they are our best weapon to end it by hanging up the telephone.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS saying there is a problem with your tax return, you owe back taxes or asking for a payment, here’s what to do after you hang up the phone:

  • Report the scam to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit by calling 401-274-4400 or emailing consumers@riag.ri.gov. Alerting the AG when the scam is in the area will help them warn others.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the subject line in your complaint.

IRS facts:

  • The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes.
  • The IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order, or wire transfer.
  • The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS will not ask you for your social security number over the telephone. Nor will the IRS read your social security number to you over the telephone.