2016-06-01 / Features

Telephone Scam Seeks Thousands In ‘Back Taxes’


Peter F. Vallone Sr., former Speaker of the New York City Council released a statement advising the public about a scam going on now. His statement is as follows: “There is a new rash of scams going on in Astoria and the surrounding areas by so-called IRS Agents claiming that an amount of money, usually $6,000 or more, is owed in back taxes and unless the victim comes up with cash or a certified check, he or she will be picked up and taken to jail. Any such telephone call is a scam. All official government notices must and always are in writing. It is an outrageous lie and we urge you to make two telephone calls if they leave a name or telephone number: One to your local police precinct and the other to the US Treasury Inspector General’s Duty Agent at (917) 408-5640. If they do not, just hang up and never give any information out to anyone over the telephone.”

Peter F. Vallone Sr., former Speaker of the New York City Council released a statement advising the public about a scam going on now. His statement is as follows: “There is a new rash of scams going on in Astoria and the surrounding areas by so-called IRS Agents claiming that an amount of money, usually $6,000 or more, is owed in back taxes and unless the victim comes up with cash or a certified check, he or she will be picked up and taken to jail. Any such telephone call is a scam. All official government notices must and always are in writing. It is an outrageous lie and we urge you to make two telephone calls if they leave a name or telephone number: One to your local police precinct and the other to the US Treasury Inspector General’s Duty Agent at (917) 408-5640. If they do not, just hang up and never give any information out to anyone over the telephone.”

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