Scammers fake state police phone ID

Indiana State Police want to warn you that scammers have spoofed a state police phone number and tried to convince people to send in money to pay for past due taxes or face being jailed.

A person notified the Indiana State Police Monday morning that he received a phone call from 812-867-2079 and the person calling identified himself as a police officer. The caller further explained that he owed taxes and that if he didn’t pay he would be arrested. State Police say this is a common scam and Indiana State Police are not calling residents about their unpaid taxes.

Police say that if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, you should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.