SPRINGFIELD POLICE WARN CITIZENS OF IRS PHONE SCAM
Springfield Police has received an influx of calls in the upwards of hundreds this week from citizens in the community reporting an attempted phone scam. Citizens have been receiving incoming phone calls from a phone number out of Washington D.C. Once the phone is answered a tape recorded version of the scam is explained, where a female voice indicates the citizen owes money to the IRS and threatens that if they do not pay, they will be sued in federal court and could be held accountable criminally. Other citizens have reported they are receiving phone calls from unknown individuals stating they are with the IRS and that the citizen owes money. Police are urging that if you have an encounter with either of these phone scams or others, hang up and do not disperse any personal or financial information. In addition, it is important to note the IRS will never call and ask for your personal identification or financial information. For any immediate questions or to speak with an officer, please contact the Springfield Police Department front desk at (217) 788-8325.