With tax season under way, the Torrance Police Department says there have been more reports of IRS phone scams.

Authorities say many times, suspects call the victim and accuse them of owing money to the IRS. They ask for immediate payments with a prepaid card or wire transfer.

Callers are said to be very convincing, and use threats of jail time as scare tactics. If you receive a call like this, it is recommended that you hang up and don’t send any money.

Here are some tips to keep in mind about the IRS:

  • They never ask for personal information over the phone.
  • They don’t insist taxpayers to make payments in a specific way.
  • They don’t ask for immediate payments.
  • Taxpayers receive prior notification from IRS before the agency takes action.

If you think you have been the victim of an IRS scam, report it to your local police department.