It’s tax time, and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is warning local residents to be alert for fraudulent telephone calls from a caller claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
The latest call reported to the office is supposedly from “Sebastian Das” in the Tax Audit Department who threatens that you may be arrested if you do not return the call concerning your tax evasion.
As with so many of these scams, con artists often try to catch people off guard or scare them so they will call back and provide personal information like a Social Security or credit card number before realizing its a scam.
District Attorney Enforcement Officer Dave Edwards says people cannot be too careful.
“If you receive an unexpected call like this, never provide any personal information and please ask a trusted friend or adviser for assistance verifying the request,” he said. “There really isn’t anything that can’t wait while you check it out.”
If you receive a phone call from the IRS but you suspect it may a scam, ask for a call back and the employee’s identification number. You can then contact the IRS’ local office in Sacramento, at 916-974-5225, to determine if it is legitimate.
For more information about this and other types of scams, call Edwards at 530-666-8416.