Emory police warn community about tax scam calls

June 19, 2018

Recently, there has been an increase in a scam targeting Emory faculty, staff and students, where callers claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Often, the callers will spoof their phone numbers and it will appear that they are calling from the IRS, FBI, GBI, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement or other government agencies.

As a reminder, the IRS, FBI, GBI, USCIS, DHS, law enforcement, or other government agency will never:

  • Call and demand immediate payment over the phone;
  • Demand payment with a prepaid debit card, gift card, or ask for your credit/debit card number over the phone; or
  • Threaten to call the police or immigration authorities.
If you get a call like this, report it online to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. You can also call to report it to Emory Police Department at 404-727-8005. To stay updated, visit the Emory Police Department Facebook page.
Check out these helpful links below to avoid scams in the future: