Peoria Police are warning residents of a possible phone scam by people claiming to be with the IRS or Treasury Department. According to a police release issued Tuesday, the claim is the person owes a large amount of money to the IRS and needs to pay immediately or face arrest. Instructions are given to stay on the phone, go to WalMart, get a green dot card and provide the tracking number. Peoria Police ask citizens to remain vigilant and not fall for these scams. After threatening victims with jail time or a driver's license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV and the caller ID supports their claim. In another variation, one sophisticated phone scam has targeted taxpayers, including recent immigrants. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. If you get such a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, Peoria Police say call the IRS at 800 829 1040. The IRS employee at that line can help you with a payment issue if there really is such an issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800 366 4484. If you've been targeted by these scams, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov. Please add IRS Telephone Scam to the comments of your complaint.
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