Phone scam makes the rounds, hits Piqua

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Before noon on Thursday, telecommunicators at the Miami County Communications Center reported that residents in the Piqua area had received over 20 calls from scammers saying they were from the “U.S. Treasury.”

According to the Piqua Police Department, this IRS scam is a familiar one, but it is worth reminding the public about in order to help make sure no one falls for it.

“People are doing great at recognizing that they should not give any personal information out when they didn’t initiate the call,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said on Friday. “Do not call the people back if they leave a message on a machine.”

One of the ways that the scam operates is that the caller will tell residents that they owe money to the IRS or the U.S. Treasury, stating if they do not pay up that they will be arrested. Jamison explained that is not how the IRS and local law enforcement would operate if people were suspected of not paying their taxes or if they were suspected of a crime.

“In the case of the IRS, there would be a lot of mail,” Jamison said. “There’d be mailings and expectations to be at court.”

On the local side, Jamison explained that if someone was suspected of a crime, the police department may call as part of their investigation, but they would meet with the individual personally at some point.

In a statement released by the Piqua Police Department on Friday, the department urged residents to be cautious and to not let any friends or family members fall for the ruse:

“Don’t let them create any victims here in Piqua. Remind friends and neighbors that they should never provide personal or financial information over the telephone to someone that is calling them unsolicited. These numbers might appear to be from a local exchange. They are not locals. Hang up as soon as they start being demanding and threatening.”

Residents are encouraged to reach out to others they know who might be vulnerable to believing this type of scam to make sure that they do not become victims.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at ((37) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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