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IRS scammers calling Craig residents

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Craig residents have experienced an influx of scammers calling their home telephone lines, claiming that they are from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding money.

The scammers are saying that federal agents could arrest them if residents don't pay taxes immediately.

However, the IRS and Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume are asking residents to be wary of such calls.

"My recommendation is to not engage and hang up," Hume said, noting that the IRS will never call a home and demand money.

The number that's calling people in Moffat County is 914-984-5711. When the Craig Daily Press called the number to inquire about the scam, a person with a heavy foreign accent answered by saying, "IRS."

When the Daily Press asked the person questions, the bogus IRS agent cussed at the newspaper staffer and hung up.

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The IRS issued a press release on March 31, telling Americans not to be fooled by scams.

Scammers often leave an "urgent" call back request and often prey on the most vulnerable people, including the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English, the press release stated.

The press release highlighted a few things that the IRS will not 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.