A prevalent IRS scam has hit New Canaan and police are warning residents not to fall for it.
Residents have reported getting calls from a man who identified himself as an “IRS Officer” named Steve Martin and it’s a scam, according to police.
The caller has an Indian accent, according to police, and the calls appear to be computer-generated, but other calls seem to have been initiated by live callers.
The State Attorney General and Department of Consumer Protection have been warning the public against falling victim for the scam.
In some cases, the callers know your personal information, including the last four digits of your social security number and bank account number.
If you receive a scam call, hang up immediately and never send money, the IRS says. If you actually owe on your taxes, the IRS will mail you a written notification, and will never reach out through an unsolicited phone call.
Scam victims are encouraged to report calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Police warn residents not to give personal information, including dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and computer passwords, over the telephone or electronically to people you do not know.
They urge residents to be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls, voice messages and/or e-mails and not to call the unsolicited callers back.
Always check information that a caller provides to ensure it is accurate and legitimate and avoid conversations with unknown callers.
Never wire or send money to unknown caller who makes an unexpected demand.
New Canaan residents who need help can call police at 203-594-3500.