Forrest County Sheriff's Department warns of IRS phone scam

Forrest County Sheriff's Department warns of IRS phone scam

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a phone scam in the area.

According to officials, many residents are being targeted by a scam stating that the callers have a lawsuit from the IRS against them, and they need to put money on a GreenDot card or MoneyGram card.

The IRS issued the following news release warning about the scam as well:

"This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer," says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. "If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don't pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn't the IRS calling." Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail