Local police are warning residents to be on the lookout for suspicious phone calls and emails after one Teaneck resident was scammed out of thousands of dollars.
From the Teaneck Police Department:
Chief Robert A. Wilson is alerting residents to not be defrauded by individuals representing themselves as employees with the Internal Revenue Service who are collecting monies.
On March 08, 2014, the Teaneck Police Department received a report of an individual who had been scammed out of $7,000.00. The victim received a telephone call from an individual who stated that he worked for the I.R.S. The caller advised the victim that he owed the I.R.S. $7,000.00 and that if he did not pay that same day, the victim would be arrested by a member of the Teaneck Police Department. The victim later received a call from an individual identifying himself as a Teaneck Police Officer. Fearing that he would be arrested, the victim followed the caller’s instructions to withdraw $7,000.00 from the bank and then placed the monies on several “Reloadit” debit cards. Reloadit is a cash loading service that allows you to add money to their prepaid debit card. The victim then gave the caller the account information for the Reloadit debit cards. The victim later believed that he was scammed and reported the incident to the police.
The I.R.S. has previously announced warnings involving scams, especially as tax season approaches. The I.R.S. stated that the scammers have used fake I.R.S. badge numbers, use common names / surnames to identify themselves, may be able to recite the victim’s last 4 digits of their Social Security number, and have also Caller ID Spoofed the agency’s toll-free number. Caller ID Spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a telephone number on the recipient's Caller ID display that is not that of the actual originating station. In the above case, the victim received a call from a number that appeared to originate at the I.R.S. and another call that appeared to originate at the Teaneck Police Department.According to their website, the I.R.S. does not call anyone and directly ask them for monies. The agency also does not contact someone by email to request personal information such as social security number, date of birth, bank account numbers, or passwords. Anyone who believes that they may owe taxes should call the I.R.S. and speak with an I.R.S. representative directly at 800.829.1040.