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Police warn of IRS scam targeting residents

FARMINGTON - Local police are warning residents of a recurring scam targeting local area residents over the past couple of days, in which individuals purporting to represent the IRS demand money.

A variation of a long-running series of scams, the calls vary from an “IRS debt” to “serious allegations” made against the receivers of the calls. The phone number appears on the caller ID as a New York number, however, when called it is answered by individuals with heavy foreign accents, according to police.

When this scam first appeared in the Spring of 2016, receivers of the calls were advised to call U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ office fraud hotline at (855) 303-9470. For more information, visit www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id.

At this time, Farmington police are not aware of anyone that has been defrauded by these calls. Police want to remind the public to be safe with their personal information and never give out dates of birth or Social Security information to anyone over the phone.

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  1. I got one of these calls Monday.

  2. I got this call on Monday also. Left mes.sage on my voice mail

  3. I received 2 calls Monday my voicemail told me to call them back, I did and asked him the address to the IRS and the gave the the legit address Then I asked for his number and he said you called me back On it. I told him he was speaking to an officer of the law and I needed his name and company he worked for. He hung up. He had a very thick accent, he sound like Rajesh on Big Bang

  4. I’m still waiting for the local constable to come arrest me....

  5. What good has Susan Collins done to get rid of scammers in 2 1/2 years.

  6. I have been getting these calls for over a year now..I never talk to anyone. They always say Sheriff's Department will be on my doorstep with in an hour...still haven't seen an officer at my house.....when will these people realize that not all of us believe this scam. I can see why older people send money they hear IRS and sheriff and panic....make sure your older parents, grandparents, and any else know this could happen to them their best response is to hang up....

  7. I got a call on Monday from 631-230-3848. I was hoping to get arrested. A day off from work, three squares, and a bed. What could be better?

    But, seriously, some people do get scammed by these flaming A-holes. When I get a call from a number I don't recognize, I say hello, and until I know whether it is someone I know, I don't say another word. If it isn't someone I know, or if there is a delay in them answering my hello, I hang up. Then I block the number on my phone.

    This is the world we live in...

  8. I have received this scam call from NY, GA, WA, NC and even New Zealand numbers so it isn't limited to NY numbers. The one time I answered and spoke to someone, they said they were from the IRS but hung up when I asked them to verify that.

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