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Press Herald - Jul 21, 2016
Portland police cut short a phone scam on Wednesday, coming to the rescue of a woman who thought she was paying the IRS with thousands of dollars worth of iTunes gift cards, police said Thursday.
WMDT - Jul 20, 2016
The electric department says that they have gotten notice from several customers saying that they have received calls from people claiming to be with "Delmarva Power" or "City of Dover."
Patch.com - Jul 19, 2016
Local police are cautioning residents about the latest phone scam concerning the IRS. In a written statement, police said, "The IRS phone call scam continues to go on, with residents receiving phone calls from either live persons or an automated message. The caller tells the resident that they owe back taxes and the only way to avoid arrest is to pay immediately via Western Union or iTunes gift cards."
WJXT Jacksonville - Jul 19, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents are continuing to call people and demand money. A local woman told News4Jax Tuesday that she received a phone call from someone who told her that her home would be monitored until she paid money to the IRS.
Patch.com - Jul 14, 2016
Police in Radnor are investigating a scam in which a caller targeted a child, telling them "they were in trouble" and needed to provide their social security number.
NBC4 Washingto - Jul 14, 2016
Charges against a Florida man accused of tricking a local woman into believing she owed the IRS money have been dismissed. Rahul Narang, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested in December after a Fairfax, Virginia, woman reported an alleged scheme to authorities in August, but the court records of the case have been ordered expunged.
Patch.com - Jul 11, 2016
The Long Beach Police recently issued a warning to local residents of phone scams reported in the area. The scam involves a caller pretending to be from the International Revenue Service (IRS) and threatening the victim with immediate official government action including arrest, or promising rewards such as large tax returns unless they send payment by unrecoverable, untraceable means such as gift cards, Green Dot money packs, or Apple iTunes cards.
WCLU - Jul 08, 2016
The Glasgow Police Dept. wants to make everyone aware of a scam that is taking place. The victims are being contacted by an individual or individuates posing as Officers with the Internal Revenue Service, The caller is advising the victim that they are being sued for back taxes. They are advising the victims that if they do not send money right away the victim will be arrested. This is a scam!!! The IRS will NOT contact you by phone and solicit money. Should you receive a call such as this you are encouraged to 1. NOT give the caller any information, and 2. Hang up.
Washington Post - Jul 06, 2016
It’s a tough time to be a college student, what with a confusing job market and high levels of student debt. When you’re feeling low is exactly when you’re vulnerable to these sorts of scams. I’ve written before about the “government grants” scam, in which a scammer calls and says you’ve been picked to receive thousands of dollars of federal money, no strings attached. Well, one string: First you have to fork over a few hundred dollars. That scam is still going strong, as evidenced by the emails I receive each week from people nationwide who have found my original 2013 column online. Sadly, many people found the column only after they’d sent as much as $1,000. I can tell from the emails and phone conversations that these are victims least able to afford such losses. Many are immigrants or blue-collar workers.
KMBC Kansas City - Jun 28, 2016
Costco customers are being warned about a phone scam that’s targeting people who use credit cards at the wholesale giant.