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Phone Scam Alert Reported by Boonton Police Department

Hope White

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • 3:50pm

BOONTON, NJ – The Town of Boonton Police Department, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is advising residents to hang up immediately on any calls claiming to be from the IRS. The Boonton police warned that calls may also claim to be from police officers calling on behalf of the IRS and threatening arrest unless payment is made. The Boonton police department wants residents to know, “These calls are scams.”

Recently, a Boonton resident was contacted by an individual fraudulently identifying themselves as a Boonton Police Officer. They even provided an actual Boonton Police Officer's name and badge number which was likely obtained from open public records. This individual further attempted to get the resident to purchase pre-paid credit cards in increments of $500 from a CVS and forward the credit cards to the scam artist in order to "prevent their arrest" for an "outstanding warrant" from the New Jersey State Attorney General's Office on behalf of the IRS.

“A local, county, or state police officer will never contact a citizen and threaten arrest in regards to outstanding taxes or fees assessed by the federal government,” said the Boonton police.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or phone to request personal or financial information. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

The IRS recommends that anyone receiving emails requesting such information should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

Any suspicious phone calls to residents should be immediately reported to your local police department.

Click here for further details from the IRS.

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