MSU Police warn about tax phone scam

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – One of the favorite pitches for phone scammers keeps making the rounds in mid-Michigan.

The MSU Police say they have received several reports from people who say they’ve been called by someone claiming that there is a warrant out for their arrest for tax evasion. According to the scam caller the warrant is from the FBI and IRS but no dollar figure is ever given. All the caller will say is that the amount owed is “very high” and if it’s not paid it could result in a 7-month prison sentence.

According to police the call appears to come from a local law enforcement agency. These scams are illegal. Police emphasize that legitimate law enforcement agencies will not call to collect money. If you receive a call from someone demanding a payment, hang up the phone.

To avoid being a victim of a scam go to:
https://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/avoid-scams
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams
https://www.stopfraud.gov

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