EATON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – It is tax season which means it is also scam season. Thieves are prowling for personal information and money.
In fact, the Eaton County Sherriff’s Department tells us they are getting more and more reports about two specific phone scams involving the IRS and Microsoft.
In connection to the IRS scam, Eaton County officials say a caller will tell you they are from the IRS then inform you there is a problem with your taxes. Next the caller will inform you if you do not pay up within 24 hours an agent with the IRS will come and take you into custody.
The sheriff’s department advises that you never give out your personal information over the phone including your address, date of birth, account numbers and your social security number.
These tips come directly from the IRS website. The IRS says they will never call to collect immediate payment without mailing you a bill first. They will also never demand you pay a certain amount without giving you an opportunity to appeal the amount they say you owe. They will never ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone and they will never threaten to bring local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Eaton County officials also warn of a caller claiming to be affiliated with Microsoft.They will ask you to turn on your computer and give them your log in information. This is a scam hang up immediately.
If you or someone you know believes you were the victim of a phone scam you can report them Eaton County Central Dispatch at 517-543-3510.