March 18, 2017 – From the statement of the police authority in Denville Township in New Jersey, many residents here are experiencing bogus callers who present themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service or IRS. They call different residences and ask their targeted victims to pay their tax dues if they want to avoid any lawsuit.
According from the shared news information online, Captain Paul Nigro these phone scammers present themselves as IRS agents and calling landline numbers from various houses in Denville. They will make an effort to convince a targeted victim about owing money from the tax agency and if the person refuses to send the payment through wire transfer, they threaten by saying a filed lawsuit will come out and he or she will be imprison.
“Recently, we have learned that the people perpetrating these crimes are using technology to conceal their telephone number and substitute it with phone numbers that appear legitimate when they are displayed on caller ID units,” said Nigro in a statement as quoted by the news.
The officer added that these bogus callers even sometimes utilize local police authorities’ phone numbers and this somehow pressured the victim to believe that the fake IRS agent is making a legitimate call.
For the Denville residents, it is important to know that if ever they have tax dues with the IRS, the agency does not transact with them through phone calls. Rather, they will notify them through sending U.S. mail and delivered by the postman direct to the house. This is a crucial matter to understand in avoiding any unwanted fraud transactions from bogus IRS representatives or collecting agents.
Like what Captain Nigro said also, the NJ Natural Gas, JCP&L and PSE&G implement the same notification via U.S. mail and not through telephone conversation when information their clients.
It is very important for Denville residents to avoid dealing with a caller whose intention is to ask for money transfer, regardless if it is about the IRS or other transaction. These days, there are also phone callers who victimize other residents by declaring them as lottery winners and must send money for the processing fees before they receive the prize. Like what Nigro stated, many individuals easily believe this kind of call and show eagerness to get huge amount of money without knowing that the caller is a fraud.
Based on the observation of the police authorities, the main targets of phone scammers are elders or senior citizens who always stay home. This is the exact reason why the other members of the family ought to be aware of this situation and must remind their elders not to talk to strangers over the telephone. They need to hang up the phone when someone talks about money matters to avoid becoming victims of any fraud transaction.
Another important strategy to consider is to coordinate with the bank where a senior citizen deposits money to get the best help in preventing a scammer.
For the past years, countless of people worldwide are falling from this type of phone scam and those bogus callers had stolen millions of dollars already.