Fake IRS calls are surfacing again in the Fridley area. Here's what you should know:
Never send money or share personal information without doing your homework. The IRS will not call you out of the blue demanding money. A true government agency will always send an official, written notification through US Mail of any tax due. They will not demand credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone or email.
Be wary of any requests to wire money, especially out of the country, no matter who is requesting it or what the circumstances appear.
Caller ID can be faked or manipulated. If a caller is asking for money or personal information, or using aggressive tactics, be cautious no matter what the caller ID displays. Hang up or request an official letter by mailed to you explaining the situation in detail. If you receive a call displaying your own name and phone number, it is best not to answer at all.
To learn more about the IRS scam and other common phone and email scams, visit the Attorney General's website or call (651) 296-3353.