GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is alerting residents to a phone scam.
According to the sheriff's office, there have been several incidents where residents have received telephone calls from people who are posing as IRS agents.
During the call, the caller claims enforcement action has been initiated by the United States Treasury Department for failure to appear before a magistrate or grand jury.
"According to their website, the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment on owed money without first sending a bill in the mail, nor will it demand that a person pay without being able to appeal or question the amount," GCSO officials say."The IRS will not require a person to pay in a specific way, such
as via prepaid debit cards, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the telephone. The IRS will not threaten to have police or other agencies come and arrest a person."
The IRS recommends that if a person receives a suspicious telephone call, do not give out any information and hang up.
"Sheriff A. Lane Cribb wants to warn the citizens of Georgetown County that these individuals are using this time of year to solicit fines and fees from unsuspecting citizens. Please be cautious of anyone calling and asking you for money."
"At this time, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office does not have any information that anyone has fallen victim to the scam," GCSO officials said."There seems to be good awareness in our community."
Citizens who believe they have received a call can report it to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office at (843) 546-5102. Residents may also file complaints with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml) or with the Federal Trade Commission (https://www.ftc.gov/).
Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text enabled cell phone, and text the word "GCSOTIP" followed by your message. This service is for crime tips ONLY, not for the reports of crimes in progress. For crimes in progress, call 911.