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IRS Phone Scam Affecting Delmarva

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The IRS and police across Delmarva are warning people to avoid an IRS phone scam. 

According to Georgetown resident Patricia Snead, she received a phone call from a man claiming to be an IRS officer with the last name White. She said he told her she owed back taxes and if she did not pay him $1000, the Sussex County Sheriff would come arrest her and take her to jail that afternoon.

A Lincoln resident, Roland Patterson, also received a call, but it went to voicemail. In the voicemail a man claiming to be Officer Vivan Sanders said a similar statement to what Snead heard. 

"We have received some legal complaints against your name concerning an illegal tax evasion," the voicemail said. "And we are about to issue a warrant for your arrest."

According to Georgetown Police Chief William Topping, this is a scam, and no one should offer up their information.

"The IRS hardly ever calls anybody for anything so we are advising people that it is a scam, and not to divulge any of their personal information, social security numbers, anything," he said. "It's a fishing expedition for people trying to get information from people so they can either contact them, take their money, raid their bank accounts or credit card applications or things like that."

WBOC tried to call the number back that left the voicemail, but it just had a busy signal.

Chief Topping recommends people contact their local IRS office if they get a message or call of this nature to see if there actually is a problem.

The IRS is aware of the problem and has more information on their website.

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