Modesto Police Department
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Author: Heather Graves
The “IRS Telephone Scam” continues to victimize citizens in Modesto. The scam consists of an “agent” calling victims saying they owe money to the IRS. The “agent” demands the money be paid promptly by a pre-paid debit card. If the victim refuses, the “agent” threatens to call the police to have the victim arrested.
It is important to know that the Modesto Police Department will never call to collect money or goods. If you receive such a phone call from someone representing the Modesto Police Department, investigators ask that you file a police report immediately by calling (209) 552-2470.
For more information on the “IRS Telephone Scam”, visit the Internal Revenue Service website at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.
See what crime may be occurring in your neighborhood. Visit us at:
www.modestopolice.com or Crimemapping.com and select “Modesto Police”