Westport residents warned of IRS scheme

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Police in Westport are warning residents of a scheme in which callers are seeking money supposedly owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

Town police said they’ve received several complaints about the phony calls as of late. The callers request payment for money owed to the IRS, threatening legal action and arrest if a cash payment isn’t immediately wired to them.

The scammers leave a return number, that when answered also identifies as being from the IRS.

According to police, the IRS is aware of the scheme and made several recommendations. If you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the agency at 1-800-829-1040. If you know you don’t owe taxes, contact the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484 to report the phony call.

Calls can also be reported to Westport police at (508) 636-1122.

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