The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has issued a release advising all residents to be aware of potential scam attempts during tax time.
It's that time of year again when taxes are in the front of everyone's mind. That also means that scammers are very active now trying to trick you out of your hard earned tax return. Here are a few things to watch for to identify these scammers:
1. The IRS will never call you and ask for payment over the phone.
2. The IRS will never ask for payment by any sort of gift card, pre-paid card, credit card, or wire transfer from Western Union or any other company.
3. No one will ever verbally abuse you or curse at you from a reputable company or government office.
4. Never give any personal information over the phone (Date of Birth, Social security number, driver's license number, address) if asked.
5. If you feel that a scammer has called you and they identify themselves from a government agency or reputable business, hang up and call the phone number listed on the official website.
6. Please call and report if you have given money to anyone using the methods listed above.
7. It's always best to hang up as soon as you realize it's a scam.
It is common for these scammers to have thick foreign accents, and to bully you into giving information or providing payment. They may use vulgar language or threats of being arrested. Don't fall victim to these vultures who prey on people's good nature. If you've been the victim or have questions, please call for a deputy at 270-597-2729 (dispatch) and we will do our best to help. The phone numbers used are usually untraceable and it's very hard to track these scammers down.