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Norwalk Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

Norwalk Police warns residents to beware of an IRS phone scam. Photo Credit: Wikimedia
The Norwalk Police Department warns residents to beware of callers saying they are an IRS agent and you owe money. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. -- Police are warning Norwalk residents to be suspicious if someone calls you saying they are an "IRS agent" claiming you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.

It's a scam, according to the Norwalk Department of Police Service.

The warning stems from a local resident who recently receiving such a call. The fake IRS agent told the person they would freeze all of the resident’s assets if he did not pay $4,000, police said.

In the past, the fake IRS callers have even threatened arrest. Fortunately, the resident realized this was a fraud and did not pay, according to police.

Local residents are reminded not to provide any private information over the phone. If you believe the call is a fraud, do not engage the caller simply hang up the phone. If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. 

The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue. 

If you know you do not owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you have never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. 

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