FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2017
State’s Attorney Alerts Public Regarding “IRS” Scam
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds is alerting the public regarding an ongoing scam which has been targeting local residents. An individual claiming affiliation with the “Internal Revenue Service” or “IRS” has placed unsolicited telephone calls to Union County residents. The scammer is claiming that the citizen being called owes money to the IRS and will have a warrant issued if they do not provide payment. State’s Attorney Edmonds reminds the public to never provide personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers over the phone to unsolicited callers. The IRS has addressed such scams recently and has reminded the public that the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Members of the public with questions or reporting suspicious activity may call the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office at 618–833-7216 or the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 618–833-5500. Information on protecting your identity is also available from the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov and from the Illinois Attorney General at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/hotline.html or 1–866-999‑5630. Tax scams may be reported to the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-(800) 366‑4484 or at treasury.gov/tigta