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Delinquent Tax Scam Reported

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The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department says it has been receiving reports of a telephone scam featuring calls from bogus IRS agents.

Spokesman Dick Blust says the intended victim will receive calls from phony IRS employees demanding immediate payment of money supposedly owed on income taxes. Blust says the typical call starts with a demand for payment with a debit or credit card.

If the person refuses or begins to ask questions, the caller threatens to have the person arrested or have their driver’s license revoked. Blust says the caller often provides a phony IRS agent badge number, and in some cases may know the intended victim’s Social Security number. He also says legitimate IRS communications begin with a letter, not a phone call.

Blust says people who are targeted by such calls may report them to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-355-4484.

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