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IRS phone scam warning signs

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EUREKA- The Eureka Police Department is warning residents of IRS phone scams during the tax season.

The EPD reports a recent increase in such scams and officials encourage you to follow these tips when answering the phone. Police say the IRS would never call to demand immediate payment or require you to use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card.  Officials say the IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or threaten to call law enforcement if you do not pay.  The IRS would give you the chance to question or appeal the amount of money they say you owe and would send you multiple warnings by mail before taking any action.

"If people get a call like this, if they suspect it's a scam, do not give any personal information, do not give any banking information.  Hang up immediately and you can call the IRS or your local law enforcement agency," said Brittany Powell with the Eureka Police Department.

The IRS can be reached at (800) 829-1040.