EATONTOWN: The borough police department is warning residents of about an IRS scam.
Police sent out a Code Red alert message on Oct. 28 saying that borough residents, as well as citizens from neighboring towns, such as Ocean Township, have been receiving calls from individuals claiming to be IRS agents and demanding payment for allegedly overdue taxes.
"In most cases, the caller will demand that payment be made through the use of green dot money pack cards or similar prepaid credit cards and instructions will be given how to purchase the cards and who to contact to make the payments," the message states. "These calls are part of a current phone scam."
Police say residents should not make payments over the phone solely on the word of the caller even if they have some of the resident's personal information. The IRS will make initial contact via mail, not by phone.
Residents who receive this type of call should contact the treasury inspector general for tax administration at 1-800-366-4484.