Pelham police warn of scam involving caller claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agent

Last modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PELHAM — Police are warning residents not to divulge any personal information on the telephone if they receive calls from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent.

Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann said three residents contacted him Tuesday afternoon to report getting calls from an agent demanding payment for a past-due tax lien and threatening them with being arrested unless they provided personal information, including their Social Security number, date of birth and credit card number.

“The IRS does not call you over the phone,” Thomann said.

Two of the Pelham residents got messages on their answering machines, while the third talked with the person. All three residents reported the caller had a foreign accent, Thomann said.

If additional residents receive similar scam calls, Thomann said they should notify the state attorney general’s office.