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* UPDATE- July 2016 IRS Scam- Click here for latest Advisory

   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 transfer.

Other characteristics of this scam may include:
· Scammers using fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
· Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
· Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
· Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
· Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
· After 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. 

If you believe you may have been a victim of any of these scams, please call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible are asked to call (516) 705-7370 .  All calls remain anonymous.