IRS OR THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT PHONE SCAMS

     Today the Nether Providence Police Department received several complaints from residents regarding phone calls they received from either the IRS or the US Treasury Department.  The Marple Township Police and Newtown Township Police are investigating similar incidents in their communities.  This is the beginning of the new tax season and the frequency of these calls will most likely increase.  These calls are nothing more than a scam.  The IRS and or US Treasury will never contact you via telephone and threaten you with arrest.  Any correspondence from either of these agencies would be done in writing via the US Postal service. 

     The following are just a few tips that can help you avoid the hassle of being the victim of these scams.  First and foremost never provide any personal information over the phone to anyone, unless you are certain that it is legitimate.  That includes Social Security numbers, credit card information, bank accounts, or your date of birth.  These pieces of personal information should be protected as you would a large sum of money.  If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a phone call, trust your intuition, it is probably a scam.  Hang up the phone and report it immediately.  If it involves the IRS call them at 800-829-1040 and also notify the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.

     These criminals tend to target the elderly, they sound official, they talk quickly and they use fear tactics.  Knowing this can help you to be prepared should you receive one of these calls.  Please talk to your family about these scams and make sure everyone understands how to protect themselves.  If you have any questions you can call 911 or the Nether Providence Police Department at 610-892-2875 and we will be glad to assist you in any way that we can.