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Chatham Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam

Callers have threatened victims they will be arrested if they do not make an immediate payment with Green Dot MoneyPak Cards.

Chatham Borough Police are alerting residents to a caller who impersonates an IRS agent seeking payment through what has become a widespread Green Dot MoneyPak Card scheme.

According to police, the caller has been telling victims they owe thousands of dollars in back taxes and must pay immediately to avoid arrest. The caller then tells the victims to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak Card in the amount they supposedly owe, police said.

The caller then asks for the card number and PIN to drain the funds on the card, police said. Police remind resident that the IRS sends letters and does not call regarding payment collection. The caller, however, usually has personal information about the victim that makes them seem legitimate.

A similar scam has been ongoing involving PSE&G impersonators threatening to turn off the victim's power if payment is not made immediately through a Green Dot MoneyPak Card.

Residents who receive these types of calls should hang up and call the police department. The scam should also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission and can be done online at www.consumer.ftc.gov.
Julles51 June 06, 2014 at 02:27 PM
People really fall for this stuff?

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