NEWS

Sheriff's Office warns of IRS scams

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office warns residents of an IRS scam going around the community.

The sheriff's office offers the following tips:

The IRS will not contact you via the telephone or email.

The IRS will not contact you about your tax return by phone or email.

The IRS will use the mailing address you place on your tax return.

Use direct deposit into your checking account for tax returns.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484.

To learn more about scams involving the IRS, go to www.irs.gov. For more ways to protect yourself from con artists visit the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office crime prevention website at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org. To receive the sheriff's office fraud alerts, email Crime Prevention Manager Ashley Bailey at abailey@sheriff-okaloosa.org.