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Posted on: January 30, 2014

IRS Telephone Scam - Recent suspect claims to be a Fremont Police Officer

IRS Telephone Scam Continues - Recent suspect claims to be a Fremont Police Officer.

It's with unfortunate circumstances that we have been prompted to once again alert our community about the fraudulent Internal Revenue Service telephone scam that continues to disrupt the lives of people across our County. Since early 2013, the Fremont Police Department has received numerous complaints from residents who have been a target of this scam. The incident normally begins by the victim receiving a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS. The caller then tells the victim that they owe a large sum of money to the IRS and if it's not paid in a timely manner, the consequence could likely result in their arrest.

In a very recent case, a Fremont resident received a call at work from a suspect claiming to be with the IRS. The suspect made a second call and the caller ID displayed the main phone number of the Fremont Police Department. During the same call, the suspect claimed he was with the Fremont Police Department and used the actual name of one of our officers. The actions of the suspects are becoming much more brazen, indicating that they are becoming desperate in their attempts to find vulnerable victims.

The Fremont Police Department wants our community to be aware of this scam and not fall victim to these criminals. Our Department does not participate in debt or tax collections, nor does the IRS request payment via pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. As a community the best way we can fight back is by sharing this information with everyone we know. The more we can educate, the more difficult it will be for the suspects to succeed in preying on our community.

In October, the IRS put out a warming to alert consumers of the nationwide telephone scam. The press release discusses who the scam is targeting, the type of information the suspects have gathered on the victim and how the IRS communicates with tax payers. To learn more go to http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.

If you or someone you know has become a victim of this crime (meaning that you went through with sending in a payment), please make sure you report this appropriately to the IRS or call the Fremont Police Department at 510-790-6800 and selecting option 3 to file a report.