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Suffolk Police Warn of Ongoing Telephone Scam

Residents are being warned to be cautious when answering alleged IRS calls.

Suffolk police are warning that scammers pretending to be with the IRS may call you looking for payment for alleged unpaid taxes. 

Someone may call claiming that they are with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and that you owe back taxes. The caller will threaten you with arrest if you don’t purchase prepaid Green Dot cards to pay off the taxes.

According to police, in a recent incident, a man called from what looked to be an IRS telephone number to give the appearance that the call was legitimate. He went on to demand that the victim purchase Green Dot cards worth several thousand dollars and relay the card numbers over the phone.  In this incident, the victim complied, but failed to deliver the entire amount requested. The next day, a female called from a number that appeared to be 911 on the caller ID, alleged to be an employee of the Suffolk County Police Department, and told the victim that if she did not send the remainder of the money, she would be arrested.

According to investigators, victims are selected at random and the caller is usually able to trick the target into believing that the scenario is real.

Suffolk police advise residents to independently verify the information the caller is giving and not to give out any personal information during the call. 

Anyone who believes he/she has been a victim of this scam is being advised to call the Suffolk County Police Department for further investigation.

Archie Bunker June 10, 2014 at 03:43 PM
a sucker is born every minute
Sean June 10, 2014 at 06:45 PM
When are they going to arrest the spanish lady whom stands by exit 63 and around holding the cardboard sign begging for money. There are traveling packs of gypsies whom run scams in parking lots throughout the Island and the Police are no were to be found. But since they allow loitering of 100's of men on street corners and parking lots on a daily basis why enforce anything.
Bill Howard June 10, 2014 at 08:36 PM
"Anyone who believes he/she has been a victim of this scam is being advised to call the Suffolk County Police Department for further investigation." LOLOL! Just in case you don't get screwed sufficiently by the scammers! They won't lock up actual people physically committing a crime at that very moment but they want to hear about someone you can't see on the phone calling from God knows where? I needed a good laugh, thanks!
Frank Esposito June 11, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Sean, nothing is going to be done about that until something bad happens, and there are a few reasons for that. Business leaders (the funding arm of these sh*thead politicians) want this cheap slave labor type force available to them. And it's a political hot potato for these feckless, spineless, two-faced, self-promoting, want-to-keep-their-government-paycheck-postion so call government "leaders".
Kerry Takacs June 30, 2014 at 08:44 AM
They called my house and got nasty with us. Didn't like when my mother (former IRS employee) asked for their badge number and which office they worked at. They cursed at her and told her they had a warrant out for her arrest and that the cops would be at our door in 20 minutes. We said we would wait for them and hung up. They called back again and cursed her out. These people are sick and stupid.

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