Camarillo | Tax Scam — Beware

The Camarillo Police Department would like to warn the public about a current scam. Several residents have received phone calls from someone claiming they owe taxes and that if they  don’t  pay the taxes over the phone they will be arrested. This is a SCAM!

This message and many others like it ultimately say that you owe money and will be arrested if you do not call the phone number they provide. The voice in the message may be robotic or artificially generated.

What to do: Do not call the number back. If you are not sure if it is a legitimate call, you may call your local police department and request to speak to someone about a potential scam.  Or, if  you have not lost any money or given any of your personal information, you can  notify the  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ or call 877-382-4357.

If you have given out personal information, call the FTC at 877-438-4338.

If you experience any calls where you are suspicious that  the caller is not legitimate, hang up.  Do NOT give any personal information. You can perform an internet search on the number to determine if it is a robocall number. You may also be able to block the scammer from calling your phone (refer to your phone provider for more information).

There are many scams to be aware of and anytime anyone asks for you to pay with gift cards or asks for bank information, this is a major indicator that it is a scam. BE SAFE, contact your local law enforcement agency and ask! In Camarillo, call 805-388-5130 and ask to speak with Senior Deputy Virginia Tinoco.

You may find more information about scams at https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety


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