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Police warn of IRS phone scam spreading

Police warn of IRS phone scam spreading
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Add this to the list of crazy scams happening nationwide right now: A call from the "IRS" demanding money. It's happened before, and it's happening again, all over the country.

In one instance, police in Nampa, Idaho, report that people are getting phone calls from somebody claiming to be from the IRS. The caller tells you that you owe back taxes and will be arrested. But, of course, there's always an out with these scammers.

If you pay the "back taxes" immediately with a money pack - an untraceable payment method - the caller won't tell the police to get you. Of course, there's no IRS agent, and no police. It's just a way of separating you from your money.

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Treasure Valley residents are not the only ones scammers are trying to trick. Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George called the scam "the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen" in a press release earlier this year, noting that more than 20,000 people had reported the fraudulent calls.

In fact, the IRS will never call people and demand money. If you owe back taxes or have other unresolved business with the IRS, you'll receive instructions in the mail.

If you get one of these scam calls, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. Or you can call the police.

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Source: KTVB.com
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