Michigan State Police warn residents about IRS phone scam

IRON MOUNTAIN — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post are warning residents about a phone scam that has been occurring in the area.

Police say that they have experienced an increase of complaints in reference to the scam in which callers attempt to intimidate citizens into revealing personal information.

Callers claim to be IRS agents who are investigating the call’s recipient for tax fraud. Troopers say the callers exhibit strong foreign accents and threaten to arrest or sue if the victim of the scam does not immediately reveal bank account information or pay with a credit card.

Troopers advise that the IRS will never call to threaten or demand personal or account information over the telephone. The Michigan State Police also advises that citizens never reveal any personal information to a caller unless they know for sure to whom they are speaking.