Locals report IRS telephone scam | PostIndependent.com

Locals report IRS telephone scam

Will Grandbois

A “pervasive” telephone scam may have reached Garfield County. Several residents have reported receiving calls similar to those described in warnings from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to an IRS news release, potential victims may be told that they’re entitled to refunds or owe money that must be paid immediately. The call may appear to come from the IRS toll free number, or the caller may give a fake badge number to identify themselves. The scam may also be attempted via email.

Real IRS agents always send notifications of tax due via the U.S. mail, the release continues, and will never ask for a payment or confidential information over the telephone.

If you think you may owe taxes, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. You can also report an attempted scam or get more information on phishing at irs.gov.

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