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Police warn of scam involving callers claiming to represent IRS

Scammers claiming to be IRS employees are contacting Suffolk County residents and police are warning the public to be vigilant.

A resident recently reported to police that they had received four calls over the course of two days with a recorded message claiming they owed the Internal Revenue Service tax money. When the resident called a number in the message, a man informed them they were facing a lawsuit and needed to provide personal information and pay a fee to stop it.

Police said the scammers are not IRS employees and the demands made are not typical of the IRS. Those who receive the calls should not give out their information and report the incident to police.

The IRS will not demand immediate payment or call about owed taxes without sending a bill; demand payment without allowing the taxpayer to appeal the amount; require a specific payment method; ask for credit or debit numbers over the phone; or threaten arrest for nonpayment, police said.

Southampton Town police said residents there also have been affected by the scam.

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