Saugus Police Department

Saugus Police Warn Residents About Recurring IRS Scam

Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2014

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-666-2012

Saugus Police Warn Public About IRS Scam

SAUGUS – Police Chief Domenic DiMella and the International Revenue Service (IRS) today are warning community members about a recurring phone scam targeting taxpayers, especially recent immigrants.

Police alerted residents to an almost identical scam last year. Recently, the Saugus Police has received numerous complaints from residents of aggressive callers claiming that potential victims owe money to the IRS and demand they pay immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

“I want to make it very clear to the community that this is a scam and unfortunately our we are not strangers to it,” Chief DiMella said. “As a department, we are doing everything we can to catch those who are responsible and prevent other innocent victims from getting their money stolen. I also want to make it very clear that the police will never threaten to arrest, deport, or revoke anyone’s license due to unpaid taxes.”

According to police, these “agents” tell potential victims that if they do not comply, they will be arrested, deported, or have their business or driver’s license suspended. In nearly all cases, once the victim gives away a pre-paid debit card number or makes a wire transfer, the money is gone forever.

The Saugus Police Department strongly urges residents to NEVER purchase pre-paid debit cards to give to a caller, and to NEVER send a wire transfer to someone you do not know.

Other characteristics of this scam include:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: