Mansfield Police Warn: Scams Increase Around Holidays

Mansfield Police Warn: Scams Increase Around Holidays

  • 12/14/2018 1:07:12 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - According to a statement released by Mansfield Chief of Police Kenneth Coontz, authorities see an increase in scam phone calls around the holiday season and throughout tax season.

There have been several reports of fraudulent phone calls around the community this month. Area residents have received messages from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying that the victim owes back taxes and must call a "regional office" to rectify the situation.

Other residents are reporting scam calls that appear to be coming from the Mansfield Police Department's Dispatch Center, as identified on caller ID. The caller tells the victim that they are being charged with fraud due to outstanding debt, then provide a phone number where victims can call to settle that debt. If a citizen calls that phone number, they will be asked for their bank account information.

The Mansfield Police Department would like to remind residents that the IRS already has your social security number and other information on file, and will not request it. The police department will never call you or ask you to call another number in order to settle a debt.

"Please be diligent and refrain from giving out personal information over the phone to unknown persons or those persons you cannot confirm are who they say they are," the statement read.

These fraudulent activities can be reported to local law enforcement, or they can be reported to the Ohio Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-282-0515 or visiting www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov and clicking on the "Report Tips and Scams" icon.

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