The IRS scam continues to take victims across the country, and right here in St. Charles. A recent change has been that the scammers are asking for payment over the phone with Apple iTunes cards, which should be a major red flag. While the scammers seem to still prefer to place phone calls, the Aurora Police Department recently shared a fake letter received, viewable on this page, by one of their residents. This signals a shift in the scammers’ methods, and suggests that not as many victims are falling via phone calls and voicemail messages anymore.
Law enforcement has always made it known that government offices never will contact people by phone, but rather by the mail with an official document. Any mail received from the government should be studied and researched. If there is any doubt as to the authenticity of mailings or phone calls, be sure to contact that government office directly.
If you do become a victim, contact the police department to file a report.