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Tax Scammers Causing Panic Across Eastern Shore

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SALISBURY, Md.- Hoax phone calls are sending people in a panic across the Eastern Shore. Callers claiming to be from the IRS are making demands and threatening serious actions. 

The calls seem very official, according to Mark Welsh a certified public accountant and partner at TGM Group in Salisbury. He said several of his clients have called him anxious about the phone calls they have received. 

"It seems very official, they're giving out badge numbers and saying call. They're threatening them saying IRS enforcement agents are coming out to their homes to arrest them," Welsh said.

Charles Meenehan, who is also a certified public accountant, experienced the scam first-hand. 

"My wife advised me we had a telephone message that was very important, so I replayed the message and it turned out it was a voice that said there were US Marshals that were going to come to our house and arrest us if we didn't call them immediately to take care of a tax obligation," Meenehan recalled. 

Meenehan said he immediately recognized it as a scam, but was shocked he was targeted. The scammers haven't targeted one specific group of people; they're calling seemingly everyone demanding money immediately or threatening to the arrest them if they don't comply. 

The IRS posted on its website ways to avoid these scammers, telling people to just hang up if they're contacted by phone. The website also warns against opening phishing emails and malware. The IRS said it will never call threatening jail or lawsuits and said its official means of contacting people about issues is by US Mail. 

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