Press Release

 

Camarillo - IRS Phone Scam Alert
5/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

IRS Phone Scam

Location:

City of Camarillo

Date :

May 14, 2014   

Unit(s) Responsible:

Community Resource Unit

Narrative:

 

The Camarillo Police Department is warning Ventura County residents of a telephone scam where a female with a foreign accent is calling households claiming to be an IRS representative. The female proceeds to inform the phone call recipients that they owe $ 3,000 in back income taxes. Victims are told the money must be paid promptly through Western Union.

 

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:

Deputy Mario Molina

 

Media Release Date:

May 14, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Mario Molina   805.388-5130

 

Approved by:

Captain Eric Dowd

 

 

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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