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Parson Police Department warns residents about IRS Scam

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PARSONS, KANSAS -

Over the past few days, the Parsons Police Department has received multiple calls from residents regarding a suspected scam.

According to IRS.gov, this is an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. The current number that is being reported is (202) 657-6406.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, etc. Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

According to IRS.gov: the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 620-421-7060.

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