The City of Joliet Police Department would like to warn residents of a telephone scam affecting our area. Citizens have reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanding immediate payment for taxes owed.
The IRS reports that many targets of this scam are recent immigrants and threats of arrest, deportation or revocation of driver’s licenses are used to intimidate the victims into paying over the phone.
Citizens should know that the IRS will always send written notification through the mail of any taxes that are due and will never ask for a credit card, debit card or any prepaid cards over the telephone.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
- If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, you are asked to call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
More information can be found on the IRS website at the following link:
James D. Hock
The City of Joliet is the fourth largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. Home to over 147,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity. For more information on Joliet visit www.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000.