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SCAM ALERT: IRS and local police departments warning people about scam calls

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(WKOW) – Officials with the IRS and local police departments are warning people to watch out for scam phone calls after authorities say numerous people contacted them because they received the calls.

According to the IRS, criminals have called people posing as IRS officials to try and get money or personal information out of them.

Multiple viewers have called 27 News in the past few days after they say they've received the calls from scammers. Several police departments in the area say they have received similar reports and gotten the calls themselves.

Here are a few things from the IRS to watch out for to try and protect yourself from becoming a scam victim.

The IRS will not:
-Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
-Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
-Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
-Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
-Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
-Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
-Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
-Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
-Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

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