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Delaware State Police Issue IRS Scam Alert

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By Alex Flum

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police are warning people across the state to be on the lookout for a telephone scam involving a phony IRS agent. 

Police said that on Monday, they received "numerous" complaints from citizens in Sussex County concerning an automated phone call from the IRS. According to police, in this claim a person claiming to work for the IRS claims the victim owes money to the agency and demands prompt payment. If the victim refuses, he or she is threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of driver's license, among other things.

Troopers said many of these scams are difficult to investigate; they will target persons of all age groups. As a result, police ask citizens to note several things that the IRS will never do:

- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

For more information about tax scams, go here.

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