JONESBORO, Ark. – Scammers are posing as IRS agents and Jonesboro police are warning residents to be on alert.
The Jonesboro Police Department has received complaints of scammers posing as IRS agents contacting residents and threatening them with arrest by local police if the targeted victim does not send money to the scammer.
Chief Rick Elliott wants to assure the citizens that this is not accurate and did so through a press release on Thursday.
The IRS does not conduct business this way and local police cannot generally make arrests on federal cases, anyway. If you receive a call from someone saying they are with the IRS, take down their name and phone number then contact your local IRS office to determine if the information you received is accurate. As always, do not send anyone any money or gift cards over the phone unless you are 100% certain that it is legitimate.
The IRS is not going to ask you to Western Union wire money to them. Ever.
The phone numbers of the scammers that have been reported to JPD are (337)385-3827 and (360)712-3724 but they can use any number they want so beware of anyone calling that is threatening you with arrest if you do not send them money.
Thursday at 4 PM on Stan Morris Reporting, NEA Report will interview Sgt. Cassie Brandon about the scam. Don’t miss it live on Facebook. (Click here to visit and like the page).