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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Phone Scam

The Mundelein Police Department has been alerted to a phone scam aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money and warns the public to take note. This scam involves callers claiming to be from the IRS telling intended victims they owe taxes and must pay their tax bill using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers then threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver’s license. For years, scam artists have used this ploy to call or email residents claiming they owe unpaid taxes. The callers who commit this fraud often have some personal information about the resident whom they are contacting, such as their name and the last four digits of their social security numbers. To clarify, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone. Mundelein residents can protect themselves from scams like this by never sharing their personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media and never wire money to anyone they do not know. The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service offer on-line services to report attempted phone scams. http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov http://www.irs.gov

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