The Shrewsbury Police Department has received numerous calls from concerned residents regarding scam IRS calls. Residents all throughout central Mass have been receiving harassing phone calls by individuals claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service and demanding money. Please do not be alarmed by these calls, as they are a known fraudulent scam. In some cases these scammers also pretend to be part of the Shrewsbury Water Department, offering a number to call for water testing. These calls are also fraudulent.
These criminals that make these calls sound very legitimate and professional They are not above using intimidation to frighten individuals into providing their personal information or making false payments. These criminals also tend to attack the senior population of communities as they typically have the most concern regarding their respective financial situations and often become victim to these scams. The IRS has received 90,000 complaints made about these scam calls this year alone.
It can be extremely difficult to track this criminal element so the best practice is to avoid providing any of your personal information over the phone and at no time send any money nor provide financial information to individuals claiming to be from the IRS or claiming that your accounts and/or finances are in jeopardy. Never give any personal information over the phone. Never call the numbers they provide, not give away any passwords or other critical information.
Any and all Town messages sent via telephone are posted as update on our Town Website. Check back here frequently for more updates about this issue (shrewsburyma.gov). The IRS has also provided a scam alert center at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scamsconsumer-alerts.
Thank you for your attention and patience with this matter.