IRS warns residents against scams targeting senior citizens

CHEYENNE (WNE) — As part of continuing efforts to protect the senior community, the Internal Revenue Service issued a warning recently about the rising threat of impersonation scams.

This is part of a wider effort taking place this week leading up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Saturday. WEAAD, observed since June 15, 2006, aims to foster a better understanding of the neglect and abuse faced by millions of older adults, focusing attention on the contributing cultural, social, economic and demographic factors.

Remember the following:

• The IRS will never demand immediate payment via prepaid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers. Typically, if taxes are owed, the IRS will send a bill by mail first.

• The IRS will never threaten to involve local police or other law enforcement agencies.

• The IRS will never demand payment without allowing opportunities to dispute or appeal the amount owed.

• The IRS will never request credit, debit or gift card numbers over the phone.