The city of St. Charles and the St. Charles Police Department have received multiple calls in the last few days from residents who stated they were contacted by somebody purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
The callers stated that residents owe the government money, and they needed to comply or they would be arrested, perhaps within the hour. Be aware that this is a scam, and has been prevalent for some time. The scam involves scare tactics typically directed toward senior citizens.
This scam has been seen across the country for several years, but incidents seem to spike during tax season. Those who make the calls are reported to be extremely rude, threatening and demanding. Residents should know that the IRS, or any other government entity, does not operate in this manner. Some type of mail correspondence would be sent rather than a phone call. Receiving this type of call should be an immediate red flag. Residents should also ask themselves the following:
Why would the government want payment on a Green Dot card versus a personal check?
Have you heard from an accountant or family member that you may owe money?
If the caller states they are with the St. Charles Police Department, why would a local police department become involved in personal finances?
Offenders are able to “spoof” phone numbers using Voice Over Internet Protocol, which allows phone calls to be placed over the Internet. By spoofing a phone number scammers are able to make it appear via Caller ID that they are calling from a police department or the IRS in Washington, D.C.
Residents should not allow themselves to be bullied by these offenders, and should hang up on them immediately. If there ever is a question as to the legitimacy of a government phone call, contact should be made by the resident to that agency, or contact the St. Charles Police Department for assistance. If you feel you have been a victim of this scam please contact the SCPD to make a report. The IRS does track these reports and is actively working these fraud cases. For additional information please contact: Officer Bill Tynan 630-443-3847.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.