The Bergenfield Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a recently reported IRS telephone scam. Callers are claiming to be employees of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), stating that back taxes are owed, and if not paid in full, they will be arrested.
The callers request that the victim purchases either a Green Dot or prepaid card and then make a return telephone call to provide the security code on the back of the card, enabling the scammer to utilize the funds on the card.
The scammers are also using an app that will display the telephone number of the Bergenfield Police Department. If you are unsure about the call, please call the police desk at 201-387-4000 and ask to speak to an officer in regards to the call. The Bergenfield Police Department has no business calling you in regards to an IRS matter.
Here are some things you need to know about the IRS. The IRS will never call before mailing an official letter; will not demand you to pay prior to giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed; will never require a specific payment method; and will not threaten to use the local police department against you.
If you feel you are the victim of a scam, please contact the police department.