Congressman Joe Courtney is warning Connecticut residents of a phone scam after receiving two fraudulent calls on his home phone this week.
"I often hear about scams targeting my constituents, with criminals seeking personal and financial information by pretending to be Medicare or Social Security representatives," Courtney said in a statement Tuesday. "So, while I was not surprised that my wife, Audrey and I received two of these calls at our house, I was taken aback by the threatening content and tone the caller used—claiming that criminal arrest was imminent if we did not comply with their outlandish claims."
Courtney said the scammers impersonate agents from the International Revenue Service and demand immediate payment over the phone.
Anyone who does not owe money and receives such a call should report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration online or by calling 800-366-4484.
If you believe you do owe money, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to discuss payment options, or visit IRS.gov to set up a payment plan.
You can also report scammers to the Federal Trade Commission online.