Butler Reminds Constituents To Beware Of Phone Scams

December 11, 2017

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) has received a number of reports from constituents that they were being targeted by an “IRS scam.” The assemblyman would like to remind everyone that the Internal Revenue Service does not contact taxpayers by phone to solicit personal details, nor ask for immediate payment. The IRS also does not threaten individuals with law enforcement action due to supposed unpaid taxes.

“Lately, crooks have been posing as the IRS and demanding payment from innocent people in order to avoid arrest,” said Butler. “I encourage my constituents to be vigilant and to never give out personal or financial information to these criminals. And as always, my district office is here to help if you are uncertain of suspicious calls.”

Butler emphasizes the importance of keeping personal information, such as your Social Security Number, financial or any other private details from unknown individuals, even if they say they are calling from a legitimate organization such as the IRS. The IRS estimates that this scam has cost nearly 4,550 victims more than $23 million.

Those who feel that they have been a victim of these phone call scams are encouraged to contact their local police department. For more information, please visit www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety or www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. If constituents are unsure of where to start, they may call Assemblyman Butler’s district office at 315-866-1632.