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Posted on: February 2, 2016

Lombard Police warn residents of IRS phone scams

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IRS phone scam calls have been reported in Lombard and the Lombard Police Department is reminding residents to never give out personal information or wire money over the phone.

Scammers claiming to work for the IRS are calling residents and demanding payment for alleged money owed, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office. Callers often instruct their victims to add money to a prepaid debit card and to tell them the number of the card over the phone, or the scammers tell the victims to wire money.
It is important to remember that the IRS will never call you to demand immediate payment, demand you to make a payment without question or an appeal, require a specific form of payment, or threaten to involve police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. (www.irs.gov)
Residents are reminded to never send any amount of money, to hang up and immediately dial 9-1-1 after being contacted the first time. After reporting the call to
9-1-1, then call the IRS directly to confirm your financial security. Any money that is given to scammers is rarely recovered. Please advise seniors of phone scams and remind them to never give out personal information or send money over the phone.
For more information please call Det. Velazquez at (630)620-4485.

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