Many people fear being contacted by the Internal Revenue Service, but authorities want to reassure citizens that if someone claiming to be an IRS agent calls and threatens to arrest you if you don’t make an immediate payment, it’s probably a scam.

The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department recently posted the screen shots of transcribed voicemails received by a local resident.

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Auto-transcribed threatening voicemail from a phony IRS agent.

“The voicemails stated there was a lawsuit filed against the individual and there was a monetary amount that could be paid to settle the lawsuit,” the department said. “The voicemail goes on to state that if the money isn’t received there would be a warrant issued for their arrest.

“This scam has circulated a few times but it still serves are a great reminder to be cautious when someone calls for asking for information or money. If you are suspicious of a call, start asking questions such as, what their name is, title, call back number or address.”

The IRS has issued numerous statements cautioning taxpayers to be wary of unexpected calls from “agents.” Among other warnings, the IRS notes that agents will not call you to demand immediate payment; call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail; demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe; or require that you pay your taxes a certain way – for instance, with a prepaid debit card.

The IRS recommends that people who receive such calls not give out any information and hang up immediately.  Contact local authorities and/or

+ Contact TIGTA (U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

+ Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.