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Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement and IRS Representatives - City of Round Rock

Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement and IRS Representatives

Be on the lookout for recent scams involving individuals impersonating law enforcement officials or representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These scams are designed to deceive unsuspecting victims into providing personal information or sending money under false pretenses.

In these schemes, individuals posing as law enforcement officers or IRS agents contact victims through phone calls, emails, or even text messages. They use various tactics to create a sense of urgency or fear if immediate action is not taken. These scammers often manipulate caller ID systems to make it appear as though the calls are coming from legitimate government agencies.

Please be aware of these tactics and exercise caution when receiving unsolicited communications from individuals claiming to represent law enforcement agencies or the IRS. 

Here are some important tips to protect yourself from falling victim to these scams:

  1. Verify the caller’s identity: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or an IRS agent, ask for their name, badge number, and the agency they represent. Hang up and independently verify their identity by contacting the official phone number of the agency they claim to represent. Do not use the contact information provided by the caller, as it may be fraudulent.
  2. Never give out personal information: Be cautious about providing any personal or financial information over the phone, especially if you did not initiate the call. 
  3. Don’t fall for threats or intimidation: Scammers often use threats of arrest, legal action, or other consequences to pressure victims into complying with their demands. Remember that government agencies do not conduct business in this manner. If you receive a call that seems suspicious or threatening, hang up immediately.
  4. Educate yourself and others: Spread awareness about these scams, particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly or those with limited English proficiency. Encourage friends and family members to be vigilant and always report suspicious activity. 

If you believe you have been targeted by a scammer impersonating law enforcement or the IRS, please report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Lastly, a state or federal agency would never ask for payment over the phone or by gift card. They would also never request an individual to put software onto a computer.

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