Police: IRS phone scams reported in Decatur

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department says a common phone scam is making its way through central Illinois again.

Decatur police say they have received several reports of phone scams, involving a person claiming to be working for the IRS.  Detectives say the call is often a recording that the IRS is monitoring the called person due to pending criminal charges, but can sometimes be a person demanding payment for alleged back taxes.  Scammers have also been known to contact people through email or conventional mail.

The Decatur Police Department is urging the public to not answer calls from unfamiliar numbers, and that if they receive a call similar to the ones described above, to hang up immediately.  Decatur police also say the IRS does not call to demand payment using a specific payment method, threaten to involve law enforcement, or demand you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount you owe.

For more information on how to tell if the IRS really is contacting you, click here.

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