- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Police in central New York are warning of a telephone scam from callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

The Utica Police Department says in a news release that a nationwide phone scam has come to central New York, with callers using the region’s 315 area code.

Police say the callers use a number of tricks to obtain personal information and cash from their victims. Many people are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay promptly using a debit card or wire transfer.

Other victims are told they’re getting a tax refund, and are then asked to reveal private information.

Callers involved in the scam sometimes become threatening or insulting.

Police say the IRS never calls to demand immediate payment.


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