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Monday, March 31, 2014

Police warn public of 'massive tax scam'

Tax scammers have been harassing hundreds of Fairfax County residents over the past several weeks, the Police Department reports. Aggressive callers have been telling people they have “overdue tax balances” and demanding they wire $4,000 to $6,000 immediately.

The telephone scammers have been threatening people with statements like: “Your driver’s license has been suspended,” “You will be arrested,” “You will be deported,” and “We are on our way to your home right now.” In some cases, the callers have been described as having heavy accents. 

Fairfax County Police warn the public not to fall prey to scammers and to notify police of these criminal incidents. These scams are sophisticated and involve false names, numbers, and “IRS” badge numbers. Be skeptical if someone tells you owe tax money and demands you pay with a Green Dot MoneyPak. Once you send money to a scammer, its impossible to recover.

Contact the Internal Revenue Service if you feel there is any discrepancy with your tax bills or you think you are being scammed. Visit the FCPD website for more information on financial scams.

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