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Sheriff's offices see uptick in IRS scam calls

(Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS) (Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS)
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Three law enforcement agencies are warning about an ongoing IRS scam after an uptick in complaints.

Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner says he received at least six complaints of the IRS scam targeting elderly people in his county.

Mississippi County Deputy Sheriff Cory Hutcheson says the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office has been "bombarded with calls about this.”

The East Prairie Police Department is also cautioning residents after receiving several phone calls and complaints from citizens.

The impostors claim call claim the call recipient owes phony tax debts or legal expenses from a "class action lawsuit," and then threatens arrest or legal action unless the victim agrees to wire money or make a credit card payment over the phone.

Do not give the person on the phone any personal information and do not send the person on the other line any money.

The official Internal Revenue Service website confirms the IRS will never request immediate payment nor ask for credit/debit card information over the phone.

Those with elderly or vulnerable relatives should let their loved ones know of this scam and know how to respond if such a call is received.

Anyone who receives this type of call should simply hang up. You may also report it to your local police agency.

If you owe taxes, the IRS will initiate contact with you via U.S. Mail. If you believe you owe taxes, you may contact the I.R.S. directly at (800) 829-1040.

The scammers are calling from several different numbers which could include the 347 area code or:

202-299-6560
423-314-6222
206-900-9315
317-560-2737

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