Police warning about IRS phone scheme

Phony IRS or Social Security reps demand thousands of dollars

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local police departments are warning residents about phone calls coming from people falsely claiming to be with the IRS or the Social Security Administration.

According to Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney, the department’s Major Crimes Unit received numerous calls Tuesday morning about these calls. “The caller sounds convincing, and states to the would be victim that money is owed to the IRS and must be paid before huge fines take effect,” Delaney wrote on the department’s official Facebook page.

Delaney says the caller is demanding thousands of dollars.

Neither the IRS nor the Social Security Administration will call people on the phone to demand money and request that you send it to them.

So far, Delaney says that it doesn’t appear that anyone has fallen for it, but he wants the word to get out about this scheme, particularly the elderly.

Police in Chicopee, Agawam and West Springfield also issued similar warnings Tuesday morning about schemes operating there. Agawam police say that if you do have questions about your taxes, you can call the IRS directly at (800) 366-4484.

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