Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - Police said the scammers are bold and sound convincing.
The Sitka Police Department reminded everyone that at no time will a legitimate government entity call citizens and demand payment in the form of gift cards or threaten them with legal action or jail time.
The scammers have been phoning Sitka residents. They can be bold, aggressive and sophisticated. They claim to be IRS employees, sound convincing and use bogus IRS badges identification numbers.
They demand payment for alleged taxes owed but ask you to send the payment through either a wire transfer or pre-loaded debit cards.
They also threaten to deport, arrest or even suspend a business license or a driver's license for lack of payment.
Sitka Police said IRS employees never act in this manner or ask for payment in this way.
Anyone who has been contacted in this scheme is asked to file a complaint online at this website, https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov