Over the past few days, Eau Claire police have been receiving dozens of calls about the IRS phone scam.
Chippewa Falls police say they also receive at least 2 to 3 calls a week about the scam.
Since 2013, the phone scam has cost victims nearly $23 million. Police say scammers use a spoofing technique to change their caller I.D. so that it appears to be a trust-worthy call. But officers say there is only one safe way to tell if an incoming call is a scam.
“The IRS will never ever call you. It always starts with a letter. They just don’t do business that way and they, as well as we, want to really get that message out there, if it’s a call, its most likely a scam.”
If you receive an IRS phone call, you are asked to report it to the IRS.