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Md. Comptroller Warns of Tax Phone Scam

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP) - Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning taxpayers about calls from people who claim to be Internal Revenue Service agents.

Franchot said Tuesday the scams are aimed at getting residents' money and personal information.

He says a concerned couple told his office about one such call. The caller claimed to be an IRS agent and told the couple they owed back taxes and demanded personal information. The caller said that if they did not pay immediately, they would face criminal charges.

Franchot says neither his office nor the IRS makes calls to taxpayers demanding immediate payment of taxes. 

He says everyone should be careful about providing personal information over the phone.

Franchot advises anyone who receives calls or emails asking for confidential information or Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) to call 1-800-MD-TAXES or email his office at mdcomptroller@comp.state.md.us to let his office know about it as soon as possible. 

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