Police Warn Citizens of Telephone Scam

Modesto, CA– Modesto Police receive information that the “IRS Telephone Scam” is hitting the phone lines in Modesto.

The scam consists of an “agent” calling victims saying they owe money to the IRS.  The “agent” demands the money be paid promptly by a pre-paid debit card.  If the victim refuses, the “agent” threatens to call the police to have the victim arrested.

If you receive a call regarding taxes owed, the IRS encourages you to do the following:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.  The IRS employees at that line can help you.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484 and the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9573.

For more information on the “IRS Telephone Scam”, visit the Internal Revenue Service website athttp://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.

The Modesto Police Department encourages you to be vigilant against phone and email scams.  Never give personal identifying information to anyone without first verifying the source.  Information such as social security numbers, account numbers and PIN codes should be known by the caller if they are a legitimate source.  If you are unsure about an email or phone call you have received, contact the Modesto Police Department Telephone Report Unit to speak to an officer at (209) 572-9573.  

If you have any information regarding criminal activity please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.