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Tax Scam Targets Hoosiers
Start Date: 3/24/2015 All Day
End Date: 3/24/2015
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Tax Scam Targets Hoosier

Indianapolis (March 24, 2015) – A national telephone scam is targeting Indiana communities. Several Hoosiers have received threatening telephone calls from scam artists claiming to represent the Indiana Department of Revenue.

The department does not call taxpayers without first corresponding through mail and does not threaten to use local law enforcement.

“It’s important that Hoosier taxpayers are aware of this scam and know how to avoid becoming a victim,” said Commissioner Mike Alley. “Taxpayers should not be afraid to hang up the phone if they suspect they are being targeted by a scam artist. The department conducts business professionally and never threatens taxpayers.”

How the Scam Works
A taxpayer receives a call from a person claiming to be from the department. The scammer claims there is an outstanding tax warrant in the taxpayer’s name, and local law enforcement is on the way to arrest the taxpayer. The taxpayer is offered the option to pay the alleged amount owed over the phone to cancel the warrant and recall the officers. Those who do not answer the calls receive voice messages with urgent call back requests.

The scam artist sounds convincing and professional. They often have personal information about the taxpayer and can alter the caller ID to appear more legitimate.

The scam is similar to a previous ploy of scammers who pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS telephone scam tops the “Dirty Dozen” list for 2015 tax scams.

Protecting Yourself
The department does not initiate calls without prior mail correspondence. Those who owe Indiana taxes first receive a notice that explains the amount due. If unpaid, taxpayers receive a second notice in the mail alerting the taxpayers they have 10 days to pay. Tax warrants are not issued until this period has passed, and the taxpayer is sent a copy of the warrant. Moreover, despite the name “warrant,” a tax warrant cannot be used by law enforcement to make an arrest.

Those who suspect they are speaking with a telephone scammer should collect as much information as possible and report the scam to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office ID Protection Line at 1-800-382-5516. This information might include:

  • If the voice offers a name or badge number, capture the number
  • Whether the caller is male or female, or uses a regional dialect
  • Any background noise
  • The phone number from which the call came
  • All details the caller provided, including amount of tax owed and requested payment type

Taxpayers who believe they owe individual income tax should call the department’s general information line at 317-232-2240. 

For more information on how to pay taxes and the collections process, visit www.in.gov/dor/3959.htm. For more information on staying safe from this and other identity theft scams, visit the Attorney General’s Office at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral.

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