Police Warn Of IRS Scam Phone Calls

Medford Police are warning the public about scam phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018 6:40 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford Police are warning the public about scam phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent.

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Lt. Justin Ivens said an on-duty officer recently received a call from someone saying she would be arrested if she didn't pay the money she owed in the form of prepaid gift cards.

"Obviously the IRS isn't going to do business that way," Ivens said.

He said scammers will use prepaid gift cards as a way to get money because it's an easy way to get quick access to the funds.

"Once this money is gone, it's gone and it's going outside of the United States and it makes these cases extremely hard to prosecute and try to determine where they originated," Ivens said.

Medford resident John Becker said he received a similar call.

"The agent gave their name and number with a callback number and they said if they didn't receive payment of a certain amount of money within a couple weeks they were going to issue a warrant for my arrest," Becker said. 

Ivens said people who receive a call they think could be a scam should hang up and block the number. Anyone who has a legitimate concern can also go to the local IRS office on Ellendale Drive.

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