News Story

 

Residents Warned About IRS Phone Scam
5/5/2016 6:29:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

IRS Phone Scam Warning

Report Number:

 

Location:

City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

April 27, 2016

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department/ Community Resource Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

 

 

 

Narrative:

The Camarillo Police Department is warning Ventura County residents of a telephone scam that is targeting senior citizens.  The Camarillo Police Department has been advised by several elderly residents, who have received phone calls and/or messages that state the IRS has filed a lawsuit against the victim.  The victim is directed to call 347-980-7680 or 469-900-6591, which is answered by a young female with an accent.  The female proceeds to inform the phone call recipients that they owe back income taxes. Victims are then told the money must be paid promptly to the person who answered or through a money transfer service.

 

These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the IRS. Anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment should report the situation immediately to local law enforcement.

 

Ventura County residents can protect themselves from telephone scams by confirming the questionable phone calls through the proper agencies or law enforcement. Do not proceed with transactions until confirmation has been made.

 

The Camarillo Police Department is reminding residents to never provide personal information or conduct financial transactions over the phone with unknown parties. It is uncommon for legitimate businesses to call and ask for money or personal information. If you suspect a phone call to be a scam, do not hesitate to ask questions and contact local authorities.

 

 

Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger #3469

 

News Release Date:

April 27, 2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger

805-388-5131 or shawn.holzberger@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Commander Monica McGrath

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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