Law enforcement officials throughout Maine are advising residents to be cautious in light of a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scam that is currently spreading throughout the state.
Police and sheriff departments have reported receiving dozens of calls daily from people in Central Maine detailing the aforementioned fraudulent phone call. During these calls, imposted/fake IRS officials call someone to let them know they owe money and must pay it immediately to avoid arrest or lawsuits.
There are two types of these phone calls circulating - one that involves a real live person, and the another one that contains an automated, prerecorded message.
If you become a recipient of one of these calls, hang up, do not send any money, and contact your local authorities and the state attorney general's office- 800-436-2131.
Authorities are especially concerned about elderly people who may be receiving these calls. Police fear that these individuals might not immediately recognize it is a scam and will be duped into thinking they owe back taxes.
An official statement from the attorney general's office cautions and reassures Mainers that the real IRS don't initiate contact via the phone without first mailing a postal letter.
If you think that you do actually owe money to the IRS, contact a legitimate number that you know to be correct or visit www.IRS.gov.