The short answer is NO or possible, If you sent the money to the scammers via Western Union or Money Gram you can report the situation directly to the business you went to and see if they can help you as long as your money has not been picked up yet. If the scammer hasn't picked up the money, you could possibly get it back. If the scammer did pick up the money unfortunately it is gone and the police department or federal authorities are unable to assist you.
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The IRS or US Marshall will NEVER contact you via telephone and tell you that you are going to be arrested over taxes owed nor will a Rolling Meadows Police Officer come to your door and arrest you for not paying taxes. Federal authorities have said an IRS agent will never call consumers; an alert on back taxes would come in the mail from the IRS. If you do receive this mail contact the IRS directly and not the number in the letter because it also could be a scam. Check out our Facebook and YouTube page for information and videos of actual scam calls.
Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration (TIGTA): https://www.treasury.gov/tigta or 800-366-4484
IRS: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing or (800) 829-1040
Check your credit reports once a year. Guard your Social Security number. When possible, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Don’t put your SSN or drivers license number on your checks. Guard your personal information.
You should never give your Social Security number to anyone unless they have a good reason for needing it.
Watch for people who may try to eavesdrop and overhear the information you give out orally.
Carefully destroy papers you throw out,especially those with sensitive or identifying information.
Be suspicious of telephone solicitors. Never provide information unless you have initiated the call.
Use a locked mailbox to send and receive all mail. Reduce the number of pre approved credit card offers you receive (they will ask for your SSN). For further information on identity theft, we encourage you to visit the Department of Justice website: www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/idtheft.html
If you need more assistance please call the police department at 847-255-2416.
You may call the police by dialing 911 if it is in progress. If it is not in progress and you want to report information you may contact the police department at 847-255-2416. You may call RMPD Crime Stoppers at 847-590-7867 or submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org this email address is encrypted and there is no way to track where it is coming from.
Most property crime can be easily prevented by utilizing some simple crime prevention methods. The majority of crimes that have occurred in Rolling Meadows are thefts from vehicles and entry to open garages. Almost none of these involved any type of force to gain entry such as breaking a window. Residents must close their garage doors when not outside or able to watch the garage. The majority of garages have been entered at night, often just after dark. This has occurred even with parties occurring in the backyard or people home and awake. Vehicles have been left unlocked with valuables such as wallets, GPS systems, credit cards, computers, etc. in plain sight. For younger offenders, we must take the temptation away from them. Lock your vehicles as most thieves do not want to draw attention by breaking glass and making noise. Hide you valuables in your car if you cannot take them into the house. Put items in the trunk where they are not visible.