Southampton Police Warn Against Phone Scams

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Local police departments have issued warnings about two phone scams targeting residents and businesses in Southampton Town.

The first warning was issued by Southampton Town Police, who say there is an ongoing phone scam where a caller claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service demands money.

According to a posting on the Town Police website, victims are told by the fake IRS agent that there is a warrant for their arrest for owing back taxes. Town Police are stressing that these are not real IRS agents and they are urging residents not to send any money via wire transfer, Western Union checks, or by purchasing any Green Dot cards.

Residents who believe they have been targeted by this scam should report it to both the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration office at 1-800-366-4484, or at TIGTA.gov, and the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Complaints to the FTC should be filed under FTC Complaint Assistant with the phrase “IRS Telephone Scam” in the message.

Town Police noted that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, or call about taxes, without having first mailed a bill; will never demand that taxes be paid without giving the opportunity to question or appeal the amount; will never require a specific payment method for taxes; will never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; and will never threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to make an arrest.

This week, Southampton Village Police also are warning about a scam targeting businesses where callers claim to be from PSEG Long Island and demand money. According to the PSEG website, callers pretending to be employees of the utility company threaten to cut off services to the building if a payment is not immediately rendered.

Although PSEG does make phone calls to customers, the representative will ask to speak to the customer of record and will fully explain the purpose of the call. The representative will share information about the account, including the name and address on the account. If the customer does not receive the correct information, it is likely the call is a scam.

According to PSEG, any customer who doubts the legitimacy of a call should call PSEG directly at 1-800-490-0025 or visit a local PSEG Long Island customer service center.

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