The Ithaca Police Department has recently received reports of phone scams involving someone pretending to be an IRS agent while claiming the victim owed a “College Tax.”
In this particular scam, the caller states the victim owes money for an unpaid “College Tax” and that he or she must pay it during the phone call or face arrest. The victim is also instructed not to tell anyone about the phone call, and is guided through the process on how to make payment via gift cards or store green cards. One victim spent over six hours on the phone getting over 25 gift cards together from multiple stores to pay the “College Tax.” These phone calls, and so many other similar types of scams wherein payment is demanded to be made over the phone right then and there, are scams.
If you believe that you have received a scam phone call please contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245.