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Monroe PD warns of IRS scam

September 18, 2018

MONROE — After the town police department got several calls from people about an IRS-related scam, the department is warning residents to be vigilant.

Several residents said they received calls from people claiming to be from the IRS.

“The caller claims a sum of money must be paid urgently or you will face arrest,” police said. “The IRS does not call people nor do they threaten to arrest.”

Police said the IRS will not demand immediate payment. The agency will not call about taxes owed without first sending a bill in the mail.

The agency will not demand residents pay taxes without giving them the chance to question or appeal the amount owed, police said.

A telltale sign that the call is a scam is if the caller prompts the person to pay a certain way, using the example of pre-paid debit cards. And if the caller asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, the call is a scam, police said.

And, finally, the IRS will not threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest people for not paying whatever amount they owe.

When in doubt, call local police and report the potential scam call.

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