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ISP warns of phone scam

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Indiana State Police are warning the public of a scam that involves individuals claiming to be from the IRS.

Callers are impersonating Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. According to the IRS the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit.

The caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms of payment, such as credit cards to pay the taxes. And will justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card. If unsuccessful, the scammer will then threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn’t have the authority to issue warrants.

If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam you can contact the Treasury Inspector General

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