Phone calls claim to be from the IRS

State police have released a scam alert advisory, warning the public about phone calls from people falsely claiming to be from the IRS.

The scam involves a person calling residents claiming they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly.

If the victims refuse, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of their driver's license among other things.

In the most recent phone calls, the individual requests the victim to send money in the form of an iTunes card.

Note that the IRS will never:

1. Call to demand immediate payment nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes such as a prepaid debit card

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

This information was provided through the IRS website located at: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts**

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate, police said. They will target persons of all age groups. State police are asking citizens to remember the tips previously mentioned in order to not become a victim.