Rock Springs, WY.   –  With the arrival of tax season, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has issued an upgraded warning about IRS scams circulating in the area.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said one scam strategy is for people to call directly, falsely identify themselves as agents of the federal government – especially the Internal Revenue Service – and demand payment of (allegedly) delinquent income taxes.

In other instances, people receive recorded calls that direct them to call a certain number back. The men or women who answer the call will identify themselves as government agents and demand money.

Genuine communications from the IRS begin with a letter, not a phone call

The Sheriff’s Office makes the following recommendations to those who receive such calls: If you actually owe on your federal income taxes or think you might owe, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to speak with a genuine official about your tax issues.

If you know you don’t owe any income taxes, call 1-800-366-4484 to report the caller to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.