Eugene Police are warning the public about a scam, where a caller says they are with the IRS and threatens to arrest you for tax evasion. Eugene Police are continuing to hear of scams where the perpetrators are impersonating officers, IRS agents, and financial institutions. They say it’s easy to get taken in, even if you are usually suspicious of scams, because scammers try to alarm you or scare you. They say scammers will trick you into handing over your cash, personal ID, checking account numbers and credit card information any way they can. They say to call the EPD non-emergency line at (541) 682-5111 if you live in Eugene and get a call.
Police say you should follow your instincts and never feel embarrassed about confirming the identity of a caller.
Eugene Police say we all need to remain careful and skeptical of callers. If someone asks you for your cash, credit card numbers or other personal information, especially if you don’t know them well, the safest move is to refuse their request and check with the police or find an independent way to contact a legitimate business. Don’t give out personal or financial information to someone who calls you. If you are unsure, hang up and find the phone number of the alleged represented agency and call yourself. A law enforcement agency will not ask you for this type of information or request that money be sent by way of money order for any reason.
Beware of high pressure techniques, like the need to give information or make a decision on the spot. If it sounds quirky or weird, it probably is.