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IRS phone scam resurfaces
Dont answer calls from (202) 864-0244
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A Town of Belmont woman was the target of an attempted IRS scam last week.

The woman received a phone call from (202) 864-0244 from a person purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service claiming the woman owed income taxes from 2008 through 2013.

The caller — who the woman said had a foreign, possibly Indian, accent and was hard to understand — claimed that papers had been delivered to the woman’s home. The woman said she had received no papers via courier from the IRS.

The caller claimed the IRS would seize the woman’s house, vehicles, credit cards and other assets unless she set up an installment payment plan.

Another person reported receiving a scam call from (715) 703-8896, which corresponds to a northern Wisconsin phone number.

According to the IRS website, the IRS always initiates contacts over tax matters by mail, not by phone, email or other communication. The IRS never demands immediate payment by phone, demands payment without giving the opportunity for a taxpayer appeal, requires a tax payment by a specific method, asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or threatens to bring in law enforcement to arrest someone for not paying taxes, the IRS website said.

IRS scam attempts can be reported to 1-800-366-4484.