Beware of potential fraud, scams - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Beware of potential fraud, scams

Date: September 3, 2014

Scams target youOn Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, the Middletown Police Department responded to a reported fraud investigation. 

The 37-year-old male victim reported that he was contacted by telephone from an unknown male claiming to be a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service.  The suspect advised the victim that he owes money to the IRS and payment must be made to avoid being arrested. 

The Middletown Police Department did verify that contact of this nature by the IRS, other government agencies, business, organizations and or individuals is not standard protocol and is a popular scam.  More information on this particular scam can be obtained on the Internal Revenue Website at www.irs.gov

Anyone receiving telephone solicitations of any sort where demands of immediate payment or threats are made, should be followed up for validity prior to providing any payment or financial information. This includes the Town of Middletown for electric bills or other Town bills. Residents and business owners may always call into our customer service center at 378-2711 to verify billing and account information. Town of Middletown NEVER contacts our customers for payment via telephone. Please contact our police department if you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Town of Middletown soliciting payment for your electric bill.