Telephone Scams, Including IRS Investigation Division Scam, Active in Arlington Heights


Actual IRS scam phone call, and information from the Arlington Heights Police Department for residents and business owners on the recent rise in telephone scams.

Beware of phony calls from individuals claiming to be from the IRS, ComEd, and law enforcement agencies.

Robocalls have been distributed by offenders this week pretending to be the IRS. The voice may be an actual person or a text-to-synthesized voice message. Smart victims are reporting getting several calls per day, are also reporting receiving text messages, and are avoiding responding to the voice messages or text messages.

The video above from the Arlington Heights Police Department provides information to help detect scam phone calls, and how to determine if the call is real or a scam.

Police and phone technology experts advise people not to trust Caller ID, because these can be faked using a technique known as Caller ID spoofing. Offenders can use special phone equipment that pushes false names and numbers through the public telephone network — spoofing. There have also been websites that facilitate spoofing phone calls to any desired phone numbers for a fee. Some calls may even come from the 202 area code. Area Code 202 is a Washington D.C. area code that may fool people into believing the call is actually coming from the federal government. Sometimes no number appears on caller ID.

If you need immediate police assistance to report a scam, the Arlington Heights Police Department recommends you call 911. For additional information on scams, the Arlington Heights Police Department recommends residents contact the Arlington Heights Crime Prevention Officer at 847-368-5330.

Scam IRS text messageScam text message posing as a message from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division that occurred this week to a resident in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

See also …

Forbes How an IRS Telephone Scam Nearly Duped Me Out of $5,000

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