The Seymour Police Department received several reports Thursday of people receiving phone calls threatening them with arrest by the IRS for outstanding debts.
The caller falsely claims to be Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott and has gone as far as making the police department’s phone number (812-522-1234) appear on caller ID, police said. The caller has demanded the debt be paid or face arrest.
The victim in this case complied with those demands and paid the reported debt by wiring money to individuals in other states, police said.
The IRS does not make initial contact via phone, and the police in no way work on the IRS’s behalf, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department.
Police advise residents to never give out personal information over the phone. Any request to wire money, send a gift card or make a payment to receive a payment via phone is false and should be considered a scam, police said.
For information or to report a scam, call Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.