Community Alert: Due to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes please take extra precautions. Threatening mail has been received by several Masajid in New Jersey and around the country. If you receive an envelope from overseas that resembles the one below, you are advised to handle it with gloves so as to preserve fingerprint evidence, and contact your local police, as well as the NJ OHSP by dialing 211. Once the authorities have been contacted please contact CAIR-NJ at 908-668-5900.
Citizens around the U.S. are receiving fraudulent calls from con-artists who are posing as IRS agents
CAIR-NJ recently received complaints from community members who have received threatening, fraudulent phone calls from unknown callers who claim to be IRS agents asking for their Social Security numbers. These phone scams are targeting recent immigrants across the nation.
Victims are informed that they owe money to the IRS. The callers provide fake names and IRS badge numbers, and they may have the victim's Social Security Number, and family or other personal information. They urge their victims to promptly send the money via wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. Some have even requested to meet with the victim for a cash exchange. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are subsequently threatened with arrest, deportation, litigation or suspension of their business or drivers license. Often, the callers tone is threatening.
Victims may receive follow-up calls posed as local police or MVC in order for further intimidation. Background noises may be heard as to imitate a call site.
The caller may request confirmation of your personal information like a home address, family member name/location, and may request money, bank account number, credit card number, etc. They may leave a message requesting you to call them back, and name your family member names.
CAIR-NJ has started an investigation with the FTC, FBI and IRS but needs you to take the following course of action if you are a victim to further the investigation.
1. Do NOT provide or confirm any personal or financial information. Do not engage in a discussion with the caller. Hang up the phone.
2. Contact CAIR-NJ and make a complaint with our Civil Rights Depatment at (908) 668-5900 or fill out our contact (nj.cair.com/contact-us.html) form
You may also file a police report with your local police department in person for telephone harassment/fraud.
If you know or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040800-829-1040 and an employee will assist you with the issue.
If you know or are fairly certain you do not owe taxes, then call and report the invident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484800-366-4484
Top 12 Tax Scams for 2014 (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Releases-the-%E2%80%9CDirty-Dozen%E2%80%9D-Tax-Scams-for-2014;-Identity-Theft,-Phone-Scams-Lead-List)
IRS Warns of widespread scam (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam)
New Jersey Attorney General's Office - Consumer Protection Division:
File a Complaint (www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/)