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IRS warns of phone scam

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 17:34:18-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Beware! The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a widespread and troublesome phone scam. 

This tax season, criminals are masquerading as representatives of the IRS and are calling taxpayers demanding payments, and threatening prison time. 

The scammers are relentless. As RTV6 was interviewing 80-year-old Virginia Cristoph, she received her third scam call of the day. 

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She has been ignoring the threats. 

"Common sense tells you in today's world you have to go ahead and be careful, watch out for yourself. When you're 80 years old, you have to act like you're 80 years old with some sense," Cristoph said. 

Since 2013, at least 5,000 victims have paid out more than $26 million. 

According to the IRS, they will never call you and demand immediate payment. The real IRS will never threaten you, whether that is a threat of foreclosing your house, deporting you, or sending the police out to arrest you. 

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, click here.


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