The Eagle Pass Police Department has received reports of unsolicited scam type telephone calls from persons pretending to be representatives of agencies such as the IRS and the Justice Department.
Telephone calls in regards to ransom requests are also being received by business and the private sector.
Federal agencies will not place telephone calls and request funds via telephone with gift cards, prepaid debit cards or wire transfers of any nature.
These calls are made to create a sense of urgency. It’s highly recommended that personal and private information never be provided to persons calling from telephone numbers which are unknown or from outside the United States.
A majority of the amount of scam related telephone calls are originating from outside the United States and are placed to unsuspecting elderly, immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language in hopes of intimidating and conning the person(s) into providing funds via telephone.
The origin of these type of calls is difficult to determine thus making them extremely difficult for local law enforcement to investigate. Agencies such as the IRS will not call and demand immediate payment if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail or demand that you pay your taxes without allowing you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
Threatening to send the police or other agencies to effect an arrest is not a utilized practice.
For questions on possible IRS phone scams, you may call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 where an IRS employee may assist you.
Businesses such as fast food restaurants and retail stores are also being targeted when employees answer the telephones. Employees are being threatened and intimidation tactics are being used to instill a sense of fear urgency if demands are not met. In these cases, local law enforcement should be notified if the business patrons believed to be in jeopardy.
If you do not feel that a telephone call is a legitimate one, hang up and call local law enforcement in order to document the incident for possible future reference. Once again do not provide personal information such as date of birth, social security numbers, credit or debit card numbers to anyone over the telephone that is unknown.