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Police warn of ongoing IRS scam

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Police are warning CT residents that someone is claiming to be form the IRS. (WFSB) Police are warning CT residents that someone is claiming to be form the IRS. (WFSB)

The Internal Revenue Service will not call you and demand money, but police said many people are falling for an ongoing telephone scam that states the person on the other end owes the IRS money.

Many police departments such as Waterford and Stonington said they received calls from residents claiming they are being harassed by people claiming to be from the IRS and demanding money.

At least one person has recorded the scammer and got the man to admit it was a hoax to get people to give him money.

IRS said a sophisticated phone scam is targeting taxpayers all over the country. Locially, the Waterford Police Department said more than a half dozen alert residents have been phoned.

"We had a gap of three to four months. Now, we are starting to see the same thing again,” Waterford Police Lt. David Burton said.  

The scammer gets people to go to a large retail store to purchase a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest and even deportation.

"The IRS doesn't do business that way,” Burton said. “The IRS does their own investigations. The IRS has their own way for people to pay back taxes."

Police said no one should give away their social security or bank account numbers. The callers are frauds and just trying to gain your confidence and money.

"I laughed because he said you gotta pay or you're going to be in big trouble,” Dave Weber, of Waterford, said.

"He got called and he thought it was a joke,” Charlie Mazzella, of Waterford, said.

The scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country. IRS said if they have a tax issue with a person, the communication will be by mail.

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