Nampa police warn public of IRS phone scam

Some Nampa residents have recently been the victims of phony IRS scam phone calls, according to a Nampa Police Department press release.

“Over the last few weeks we have been notified by members of our community that they have been receiving these scam calls,” Sgt. Tim Riha said in a statement. “Unfortunately, some of those citizens reporting these scams have become victims before figuring out that they were scammed out of money.”

NPD reported that there was a recent “surge in automated Internal Revenue Service phone scams,” according to the release. The message has called for taxpayers to call back to settle a tax bill and it threatens to have the subject arrested or have their driver’s license revoked. Then it encourages the victim to purchase an iTunes gift card to pay back the tax bill, NPD reported.

NPD warned residents that the IRS would never demand a payment over the phone (without at least sending a paper bill first), threaten to arrest taxpayers with local police, require a pre-paid payment card or gift card to pay off taxes or ask for a debit or credit card over the phone.

“The best way to handle these types of phone calls is to just simply hang up. Do not give out any personal information,” Riha said in a statement.