City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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Telephone Scam Alert

Some Bettendorf residents have been receiving scam telephone calls from suspects purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Suspects use scare tactics such as arrest and jail time unless the victim sends money immediately to pay a fake debt.

It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
  •  Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  •  Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. 
  •  Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds.

 Other characteristics of these scams include:

  •  Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  •  Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
  •  Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.


 If you receive a call like this, simply hang up the telephone and do not give the caller any personal information, or send any money.