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Virginia Connection Newspapers - Aug 30, 2016
The Arlington County Police Department is warning the public about an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone scam targeting residents. Citizens have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals fraudulently claiming to be members of the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office or the Internal Revenue Service. These individuals accuse the victims of owing money to the IRS which must be paid immediately using iTunes gift cards, or other means. The caller remains on the line while the victim purchases the payment and provides the card number over the phone.
Hollister Free Lance - Aug 29, 2016
The San Benito County Superior Court announced that local residents recently had been complaining about a phone scam in which callers ask for money related to neglected jury duty.
MyHighPlains - Aug 26, 2016
A local church is the target of a new phone scam. The scammers are claiming to be from Saint Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, here in Amarillo but the church says it's not them. One of our viewers who received the call tells us it begins with a recorded voice asking if the person is in need of quote, "urgent prayer."
WNWO NBC 24 - Aug 25, 2016
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam occurring in the area. Authorities say the subject has been representing himself as a law enforcement officer, contacting victims by phone and advising them that there is either an unpaid citation or warrants for their arrest. The subject then informs the victims that the citation can be dropped or the warrant will be removed by providing credit card information.
Washington Post - Aug 20, 2016
One of the most insidious scams out there involves criminals impersonating IRS officials and threatening people with arrests or lawsuits for fictitious tax debt. Fighting this type of fraud is like playing Whac-A-Mole. Just as authorities hammer down one con scheme, a new one pops up.
fox6now.com - Aug 18, 2016
As Milwaukee tries to make sense of the unrest over the weekend, many people may be inspired to give back. Unfortunately, there are other people ready to take advantage of that. People are receiving phone scam calls asking for donations to help out local police departments or slain and wounded police offers. If you get one of these calls, do not donate money — just hang up.
WATE 6 On Your Side - Aug 16, 2016
It may be a familiar annoyance: Phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, demanding money. Chances are, this is a scam, and people should ignore the calls. However, Pamela Todd pressed for answers and recorded it.
KSST - Aug 15, 2016
It’s happening again. A telephone scam in which the caller says he represents the IRS is once again being worked in the area. A Como resident reports two automated phone calls requesting a return call to a specific 800 number to arrange payment to the IRS for money owed. The calls stated that the individual was in severe trouble with the IRS. The resident did not return the call.
WMTW Portland - Aug 10, 2016
Central Maine Power has issued a warning to customers about phone scams involving people who are posing as utility company employees. According to the company, scammers threaten to cut electricity services unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card.
Fox17 - Aug 09, 2016
A common scam phone call is going around Ottawa County again this week. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a call where the suspect tells the resident they owe money to the IRS and that if they don’t pay, the Spring Lake Police will come and arrest them. The phone number shows as being from the Spring Lake branch of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.