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State police issue warning about IRS phone scam as tax season approaches

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Harsher-than-normal phone scam fooling Hoosiers

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(Jan. 6, 2016) – Indiana State Police issued another warning Wednesday about a phone scam involving the IRS. With tax season almost here, they say Hoosiers may become more frequent targets.

The Pendleton District has received numerous reports about the ongoing scam, in which someone calls claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. In many cases, the caller has a foreign accent and tells victims they could face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t send money for a “delinquent” tax bill.

The caller, who often becomes hostile during the call, will then try to get personal information in order to steal the victim’s identity. State police said the IRS will never contact you by phone or email and ask you to “verify” personal information.

Police said you should never give out personal information like birth dates, social security numbers or bank account numbers over the phone or through email.

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, police suggest letting it go to voicemail. The call may have originated from another country and made to look like it came from a U.S. phone number.

If you’ve been a target of the scam, you can file a complaint online here or contact a local police agency.