IRS Pretenders Leverage Fear by Threatening Jail & Property Seizure; Police warn residents: hang up, report

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Along with several law enforcement agencies across the U.S., the Franklin Police Department frequently receives citizen reports of IRS impostors threatening arrest and property seizures unless they pay up.

Fact: These calls are not coming from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service will never demand payment over the telephone. Typical IRS communication comes in the form of U.S. Mail. If you receive a phone call that you suspect is a tax scam, hang up and report it to your local law enforcement agency and the US Treasury, Office of Inspector General: (800) 366-4484.

To help avoid becoming the victim of a scam, Franklin Police recommend never transferring funds through third-party wire or card services before first calling an official, listed telephone number for the company with which you are doing business.

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