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With the onset of income tax season, yet another IRS telephone scam is targeting Cook County residents.
In this scam, an automated voice claims there is a warrant out for the arrest of the receiver of the call and that they must call a phone number with a Chicago area code to resolve it. Upon calling the number, a person claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent states that the caller must make payment or the warrant will be passed on to law enforcement authorities. The fake agent may give a bogus badge number and be able to recite the last four digits of the caller’s social security number. This is a known scam that becomes particularly pervasive around tax time.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers without sending prior notification via mail.
Additionally, the IRS does not work with local law enforcement authorities including the Olympia Fields Police Department in this manner!
The Olympia Fields Police Department offers the following tips to avoid becoming a phone scam victim: