Police issue warning on growing scam in Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Police issue warning on growing scam in Mid-Michigan

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A local police department has issued a warning about an IRS scam that has resulted in a number of complaints.

Frankenmuth P.D. says the callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Police say these telephone scams are being seen in every part of the state, and urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls, The IRS has a formal process in place for people with tax issues.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, police say you should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. The tab is red and on the right side of the page “IRS Scam Reporting”.

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