IRS phone scam targeting Yakima residents

IRS scam calls targeting Yakima residents

YAKIMA, Wash. - Multiple people in the Yakima Valley have told Action News that they have received scam calls from people posing as the IRS.

According to the Yakima Police Department (YPD), people often report scammers claiming to be the IRS. The caller says there is a warrant for the victim's arrest for failing to make payments to the IRS and that local law enforcement will be arriving shortly.

Mike Bastinelli, spokesperson for the YPD, says local law enforcement will not arrest people for failing to make IRS payments. Bastinelli also says the IRS will not threaten arrest - over the phone or otherwise.

Police say the IRS will never call people, and will always send written letters to inform people of missed or late payments. However, Bastinelli says scammers can fake IRS letters as well. He says people should not call the phone number provided on these scam letters, and that the best option is to look up the official IRS phone number online to make sure it is the correct number.

Police also want to remind people, if they have concerns about the IRS and payments they may have missed, call the official IRS number, which can be found on the IRS website.

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