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Investigators warn residents as IRS scam calls multiply

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Investigators are issuing a warning to residents after dozens of complaints were called in about IRS scams.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office said they received 35 calls complaining of scammers claiming to be from the IRS in 36 hours.

Many of these calls are from people claiming that the IRS wants money from unpaid accounts, officials said.

But investigators warn that the calls are false, and that the IRS does not call taxpayers on the phone.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators are asking people not to call 911 if they receive a scam call.

They said these calls have a recording ordering you to return their call.

"One of the things we want to encourage to do, is do not call the recording," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd. "A lot of them are testing to see if there is anybody home to begin with."

Investigators can't say it enough. The calls are fake. The IRS does not call people on the phone about official business. And Investigators believe the scammers are targeting senior citizens through social media.

"The person [they're targeting] is a senior citizen who is vulnerable, based on a lot  of things you put on your Facebook page. People are being way too open on social media, giving people your information," warned Dodd.

He said one Dougherty County senior citizen had recently been scammed out of $5,000 in a phony sweepstakes scheme call.

Investigators warn not to give out financial information to anyone calling on the phone that you don't know.  

Anyone receiving these kind of scam calls is urged to hang up the phone immediately, investigators said.

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