GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Detectives with the Gresham Police Department have noticed an increase in scams targeting residents related to fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claims, officials said.
The city’s record division has seen the increase occurring the last few weeks, police said.
Police said in some of the cases, victims have gotten threatening or bullying phone calls.
In a statement the IRS said the phone calls are not from agents and “won’t likely end with the filing season so the IRS urges everyone to remain on guard.”
Police said some of the victims may have been asked to get prepaid card and asked to give or PIN or account information.
“Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy,” the IRS’ website states.
Police encourage anyone who feels they have been contacted by a scammer to notify law enforcement.
In Multnomah County people can call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.