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Phone scammers posing as IRS agents target Park Ridge residents

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Police in northwest suburban Park Ridge are warning residents about telephone scammers posing as IRS agents.

During the ruse, the callers tell people they owe taxes, then threaten to arrest or deport them, revoke their driver’s licenses or close their businesses if they don’t send money, police said in a statement.

The scammers falsify caller ID information to make it look like the IRS is actually calling, police said.

Some of the calls use legitimate-sounding automated voice messages, and often the scammers call back later posing as police or employees of the Secretary of State’s office, police said.

All of the calls end with a demand for money, either loaded on a prepaid debit card, sent through a wire transfer, or paid by credit card number over the phone.

Real IRS officials always contact people by mail about unpaid taxes, not over the phone, police said. Legitimate agents will never ask for payment by debit cards or wire transfers, and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone.

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