The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of scammers calling taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials demanding payment for phony tax bills.

Scammers will call requesting “urgent” responses through phone calls or email. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to tax scams, according to the sheriff's office.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that the IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

  • Require that you pay your taxes in a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you receive one of these calls:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use its “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.

  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant" on the FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes