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HPD Warns Residents of IRS Phone Scam

March 28, 2016, 8:55 AM HST
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badgeThe Hawai’i Police Department is notifying residents of phone scams made by individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service.

In these calls, HPD says that a person claiming to be an employee of the IRS asks for a payment to be made, threatening fines of over $1,000 if a potential victim decides not to pay. Any payment is usually requested via a money order.

The IRS recommends anyone receiving a similar call to verify the authenticity of the person on the other side of the phone by asking for their name, badge number, and call back number. Individuals can call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is indeed an IRS employee.

To report a scam call, e-mail the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the IRS at [email protected]

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