The MPD has received reports from people who said that they were contacted by someone who claimed to be with the IRS. The caller ID showed the Fifth Precinct’s main number (612) 673-5705. This is a scam. No government agency will ever call you asking for personal information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, or more.
Do not give personal information to anyone who calls or emails you unexpectedly, even if they claim they are with an official government organization or bank. Even if the caller ID appears to be legitimate, if something is suspicious or someone is asking you for personal information, do not give it. After you hang up, call the official phone number of the organization and verify directly with them if it is legitimate before giving any personal identifying information.
See below for a flyer with more information and that you can share with neighbors.
This email is being sent from Fifth Precinct Crime Prevention. We are sending this citywide in case this is an issue elsewhere in the city. We do not have further information on this scam at this time. Report any scams to the official agencies, which could be the FTC, MNscams.com, or the local police department dependent on the situation. See the above attachment for more information.
For crime prevention questions, contact your Crime Prevention Specialist at the 3rd Precinct, Shun Tillman (email@example.com, 612-673-2846).