But when the resident asked for the caller's name and identification number, West Covina police Sgt. Pete Gallardo said "the agent" hung up.
A 44-year-old borough resident received a phone call on September 10 from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. Callers advise that you owe taxes and threaten to send the police to your house if you don't pay immediately.
The victim was told that he could pay his back taxes using either Wal-Mart or Target gift cards, so the victim went to Target and bought $5,000 in gift cards.
Police also note that an IRS scam continues to make its way around the area as well.
If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you've never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.
"If you get a call like this, it is a scam", said IRS spokeswoman Anabel Marquez.
- Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.
Ashley said scammers can use remote access to steal passwords, hard drive files, and bank account information.
"They're very threatening and very demanding", she said.
In another scam, suspects will say they are an officer, detective, or sheriff's deputy, and that they have arrested your grandchild or will pretend to be your grandchild.
"The IRS is never going to ask you to call back", she added.
The scam appears on the dirty dozen list of tax scams the IRS compiled for the 2016 filing season.
- Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
"Well if people are not responding to letters the IRS is sending them, we have to give them a call", he said. When asked what office, she said "Internal Revenue Service" and hung up.