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Sheriff Warms Of IRS Scam

SCAM ALERT – The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s department has received multiple complaints from people reporting receiving bogus phone calls from someone claiming to represent the IRS. Although the IRS scams are not unusual, Sheriff Lance Humphreys said this time is different because the caller’s phone number shows up as the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department.

            “They are spoofing our phone number and the calls are showing up on the Caller ID as coming from us,” Humphreys explained. The sheriff advised the proper steps to take are to hang up and not give any information to the caller.

            “I also want to encourage everyone to share this, especially with any elderly members of your family,” Humphreys reported.

            Earlier this year Water Valley CPA Joe Black also shared advice with the Herald after a round of bogus IRS calls.

             “The IRS will never call you by telephone out of the blue,” Black explained. The same goes for emails, as IRS protocol is to always initiate contact through the mail, according to Black.  

            “They always communicate by letter, initially. A regular letter will be the first thing you will get,” Black added. And if you don’t respond, a certified letter will likely follow outlining potential actions the IRS may take to collect a tax debt.

            Black explained that an IRS agent may actually come to your business or home, but will only do that after they have made several attempts to contact you by other means. And if you do talk to an agent they will always do two things: provide their identify and employee number.?       

Black's input came back in January after he had a client called by someone impersonating an IRS agent and demanding immediate payment for fictitious outstanding taxes. He said the caller requested the money be placed on a prepaid cash card. Humphreys said this latest round of calls are very similar.




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