Internal Revenue Service Tax Scam Warning

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 21, 2014 – 10 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to warn residents and visitors about telephone scams claiming to be from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has seen an increase in tax scams throughout the year and scammers are constantly looking for ways to steal money.

The most recent scam has people claiming to be with the IRS. The fake IRS agents tell people they have an arrest warrant for them. In the last week, the Sarasota Police Department has received more than 50 calls regarding this scam. Fortunately, no one has been a victim with financial loss.

"It is not common practice for the IRS to call you and tell you that you owe any money," said Detective Steve McDowell, Sarasota Police Department. "The IRS will never ask you for your bank account information, to send money or threaten a lawsuit."

If you receive a scam call from a fake IRS agent, you can report it online at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml or call 1-800-366-4484

You can also watch a video from the IRS warning taxpayers about an increasing number of tax scams in communities across the country at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM