- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

PIEDMONT, Calif. (AP) - Piedmont police are warning residents of an Internal Revenue Service telephone scam in which impersonators call to threaten residents with arrests if they don’t pay their IRS debt.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bayareane.ws/1NFDS8F ) that callers claim to be IRS employees and demand immediate payment from victims. The impersonators threaten people with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver’s license if they don’t pay their debts. Prime targets are the elderly and recent immigrants.

The callers, who can sometimes be hostile, tell victims they must pay debts through a wire transfer or preloaded debit card. Some callers trick victims into sharing bank account or Social Security numbers.

Police are reminding residents that the IRS will never ask for credit or debit card information over the phone.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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