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BPD warns of IRS scamsters

Several citizens of the Barnesville / Lamar County area have received calls claiming to be from the I.R.S. about delinquent taxes. The Internal Revenue Service has posted repeated warnings about tax phone frauds, in which criminals call consumers pretending to be agents from the I.R.S. The impostors claim the taxpayer owes back taxes, then threaten arrest or legal action, unless the individual makes a payment quickly. Sometimes victims are urged to wire money, but more commonly they are directed to obtain a prepaid money card at a retailer and provide the number to the caller. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless. Most calls start out with statements such as: ‘This call is officially a final notice from the I.R.S., Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that I.R.S. is filing a lawsuit against you.’ The callers strive to appear authentic; they may use robocalling technology that shows ‘I.R.S.’ on your caller identification screen. They may know part or all of your Social Security number and they may provide a fake I.R.S. ‘badge’ number. In some cases, follow-up calls may come, supposedly from local police or prosecutors. The I.R.S. does not initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States mail. The I.R.S. does not call people nor does it initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States Mail. If you are concerned that you owe , you should contact the I.R.S. directly at 800-829-1040. – Barnesville Police Department

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