The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has already received reports regarding scammers calling taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials demanding payment for bogus tax bills. Or they have received “urgent” callback requests through phone calls or email. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to these tax scams.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that the IRS will not call you to demand immediate payment, they won’t require you pay your taxes with a prepaid credit card, they won’t ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone, and they won’t threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. You can report such calls using the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov, or to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

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