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Alert Issued For IRS Scam Calls

Trumbull Police Department.
Trumbull Police Department. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

Police are warning residents to be wary of an IRS scam after several local residents were contacted by fraudsters demanding payment.

The Trumbull Police Department issued an alert recently after local residents received automated calls claiming the resident could be arrested for tax evasion, officials said in a statement. When the resident called the number back, a person posing as an IRS agent stated that they owed taxes and was able to provide the callers' name and address to verify the claim.

According to police, a second schemer would proceed to come on the phone, posing as a supervisor, warning to keep quiet of the call, stating that talking about it would violate a bogus “Privacy Act.” The fraudsters then demanded payment in the form of gift cards to avoid arrest.

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