TAYLORVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — The Christian County Sheriff’s Department has received several complaints from citizens reporting they have received phone calls from people claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The caller will ask for personal information such as social security numbers or bank account numbers. The caller may also demand payment via prepaid credit cards or even iTunes cards. The callers may even disguise the phone number they are calling from to make it show up on caller ID as being from the IRS.

Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp wants to remind everyone the phone calls are a scam. The IRS will not call you demanding payment, require you use a specific payment method to pay your taxes such as a prepaid credit card or iTunes card, asked for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to have the local police have you arrested for not paying your taxes.

If you receive a scam call, you can report it to the Treasury Inspector General for tax administration at 1-800-366-4484.

Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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