The Long Beach
Police Department would like all citizens to beware of a recent scam. Individuals are receiving telephone solicitation calls and emails from persons identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service. In these cases individuals are contacted claiming that
they or a family member owe money for unpaid taxes. These
victims are then told that they can avoid arrest, foreclosure or suspension/termination of
services if they make payment.
The IRS does not and will not ask for
credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire
Other characteristics of this scam may
using fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and
surnames to identify themselves.
may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security
spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS
sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers
hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or
DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
Residents should also be aware that there
are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations
(such as debt relief) that the department sees from time to time.
These scams cost honest citizens
thousands of unrecoverable dollars.
you believe you may have been a victim of any of these scams, please call 911
with information that could lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible
are asked to call (516) 705-7370 . All calls remain anonymous.