LEE -- State police assigned to the Lee barracks have issued an advisory about a telephone scam involving callers claiming to be IRS agents.

Police say residents have reported to them that they have been targeted by "sophisticated and aggressive" phone calls during which the suspicious caller claims the person owes taxes and is ordered to make an immediate payment with a pre-paid cash card.

"It is reported that the perpetrators of this scam have been overly aggressive and have threatened the victims with arrest, deportation, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s license revoked," police say in the advisory.

In many cases, the initial call is then followed up with another call where the caller pretends to be from a law enforcement agency or the compliance or enforcement branch of the IRS.

According to their web site, the IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due through official U.S. mail and will never ask for credit card, debit card or pre-paid card information over the phone.

State police warn citizens to be vigilant for this and other scams, and advises everyone to never give out any of their personal or financial information over the telephone.

For more information on this scam, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov.


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