The Delaware State Police have recently been made aware of a scam involving unsolicited phone calls being received by members of the community, from individuals claiming to be with the IRS.

The scam involves a person calling and claiming the victim owes money to the IRS, and it must be paid promptly. If the victim refuses, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of their driver's license, among other things. In recent phone calls, the individual requests the victim send money in the form of an iTunes card.

The IRS will not:

— Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill.

— Demand payment of taxes without giving respondents the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

— Require use of a specific payment method for taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

— Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

— Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups for arrest for not paying.

Many of these scams are difficult to investigate. They will target persons of all age groups.