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April 17, 2014

Sheriff warns of scams targeting taxpayers - 04/18

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson cautioned residents Thursday to be aware of continuing telephone scams that are targeting taxpayers.

“As the 2014 filing season ends, the sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers appear to be on the rise. As sheriff, I would like to ask the citizens to remain on guard,” said Robertson.

“I have received numerous reports of a particularly aggressive phone scam in the recent days to local residents. Potential victims are threatened with arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked.

“Callers are frequently insulting or hostile — apparently to scare their potential victims.

“The IRS will never notify a taxpayer by telephone. If there is an issue with your taxes, the taxpayers will receive a written notification via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

“If you receive one of the calls please do not provide them with any personal information. Please share this information with as many as possible, especially our senior citizens,” said Robertson.

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