Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is cautioning the public to be aware of a telephone scam that was attempted this past week on at least two Fairfield residents. A male caller, with an Indian voice, contacts a potential victim and claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) Investigative Division. He tells the potential victim that the IRS has conducted a seven year audit on them and that the victim owes the IRS some amount of unpaid taxes (in one case the amount allegedly owed was $15,000) The caller then states that IRS agents will be coming to the residence to seize their property and to arrest the person who owes the taxes and states that there is not anything that could be done at this point, in an obvious attempt to pressure their prospective victim.
In both Fairfield cases, the scam was detected early so no money was exchanged. However, it is presumed that if it was not detected, the caller would have instructed the victim to send money to settle the outstanding taxes. The caller speaks very fast, is hard to understand, and is very aggressive in his tone.
Any member of the public who receives such a call should not immediately send any money but rather should contact an actual Internal Revenue Service Office and make the proper inquiries or should contact their local police department for guidance.
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