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Sheriff: IRS calls are fraud

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Capt. Craig Dodd and Deputy Julie Wood look over a list of fraud calls in their investigation Capt. Craig Dodd and Deputy Julie Wood look over a list of fraud calls in their investigation
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ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -  The Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office says they got a dozen reports of harassing calls from people claiming to be IRS agents, Wednesday in Albany. 

The caller claims to be with the IRS, and tells the residents that they are delinquent on their  taxes, and to avoid being arrested by agents in the next few minutes, they must give the caller their bank account information.

But the IRS doesn't make phone calls. They send letters.

"None of it's true," said Capt. Craig Dodd. "All you do is hang up the phone. Do not talk to them. Don't sit there and talk with them, because they will slowly but surely get you to tell them something that you don't want to tell them. So do not talk to them. Just hang up the phone."

The phone calls are from high-pressure criminals who hope they can intimidate people into giving up the bank info, so they can loot the victim's accounts.

The sheriff says to just hang up on these callers, and say nothing to them. If you want to talk to the IRS, call the number listed in the phone book.  

Report these calls to your local law enforcement agency or the IRS at 800-829-1040. The calls are coming from the Washington, D. C. area code.



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