The Mount Vernon Police Department is warning residents to be cautious of callers claiming to be from the IRS.
The department received a report that a phone call had been received from a person identifying themselves as “Officer Smith” from the Mount Vernon Police Department, Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said.
The department has no officers with that last name, he said.
“Officer Smith” reportedly told the person they owed back taxes to the IRS and said if they did not provide the money immediately, they would be arrested and serve “90 days in prison,” Cammock said.
The caller used technology that allowed them to mimic the department’s phone number, meaning the victim thought they were answering a phone call from the Mount Vernon Police Department, Cammock said.
The Mount Vernon Police Department does not act as an agent of the IRS, Cammock said, and would not make such a call.
Anyone who receives a similar call and questions its legitimacy is asked to call the Mount Vernon Police Department at 360-336-6271 or Skagit 911 dispatch at 360-428-3211 and ask to speak to a Mount Vernon police officer.