Police warn of IRS phone scam circulating in metro Detroit

Posted at 8:23 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 08:26:36-05

(WXYZ) — Authorities in Novi and Northville are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam circulating in the area.

Police say an individual claiming to be an IRS representative demands that you transfer money in the form of gift cards to avoid being arrested. The scammers are able to generate phone numbers with local area codes, increasing your likelihood of answering.

Police departments will not call residents to discuss tax issues. Also, the IRS will never demand immediate payment or threaten to arrest you. Do not give out your personal information, police say.

Novi residents who receive a similar call, should notify police at (248) 348-7100. Northville residents should call (248) 349-5100.