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Costa Mesa Police Department
Friday February 28th, 2014 :: 10:01 a.m. PST


Beware of Tax Scams

It's tax season - and with that come the criminals hoping to scam you into believing you are providing your personal information to the IRS.

Every year, the IRS releases their "Dirty Dozen Tax Scams", and this year, identity theft and phone scams top the list.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. If you know you don't owe taxes, then report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), report it by sending it to .

It is important to keep in mind that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

For further information regarding these and other scams, please visit the IRS website at .

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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