The New York State Police at Rhinebeck is advising the public of a phone scam

The New York State Police at Rhinebeck is advising the public of a phone scam that has occurred at least three times in the area. Troopers have received complaints from citizens who have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS or law enforcement.?

These subjects will use various scare tactics to deceive individuals into purchasing? gift cards for payment.?

Here are some? tips to protect you from these types of scams:

 •The IRS will never contact you first by telephone, but through official correspondence sent via mail.

•You will never be required to use a specific payment method.

•Never give your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

•The IRS never requests immediate payment over the phone.

•You will not be threatened with being arrested by local law enforcement for not paying.

•If you receive a voicemail claiming to be the IRS, do not return the call using the number provided, instead use an official contact number listed on the IRS website.

•You will never be required to use a gift card for bail payment.

If you have been a victim of a scam, report the incident to your local law enforcement or State Police barracks. More tips regarding this type of scam can be found on the IRS website