John C. Fisher, Chief of Police
41 Lowell Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Carlisle Police Warn Residents About Popular Scam Involving Tax Returns
CARLISLE — After receiving several reports of the same IRS scam affecting residents, Chief John Fisher and the Carlisle Police Department would like to advise the community to be careful with their financial information during tax season.
Police have been alerted to three IRS related scams in the last week. In each case, when citizens tried to file their taxes electronically, they found out that they had already been submitted by another entity.
“Unfortunately, these residents’ social security numbers and personal information were compromised, allowing scammers to file a return under their names,” Chief Fisher said. “We remind the community to be cautious with their information and to never give out any identifying factors to people you do not know.”
Additionally, Carlisle Police urge residents to complete and file their taxes as soon as possible to give potential scammers less time and opportunity to submit a refund using their information.
Other scams that have been known to occur, especially during tax season, include scammers calling residents claiming to be from the IRS or another government body. The “agent” informs victims that they did not pay, or incorrectly filed their taxes and now owe money to the IRS, which must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If victims refuse to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.
Residents should never give out their social security numbers, dates of birth, or any other private or financial information to someone whose identity is in question. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail and will never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone.
If there is any doubt, call the IRS official hotline at 800-829-1040 or 800-829-4059 (TDD for the hearing impaired).
Residents who are concerned about their identity or personal security should call the Carlisle Police Department at 978-369-1155.