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Thursday, August 17 News

New Canaan Police warn of IRS call scam

NEW CANAAN — A tax season scam has been hitting New Canaan residents.

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How to avoid scams

Never give personal information (dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, computer passwords, etc.) to unknown persons over the telephone or electronically.

Be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls, voice messages and emails.

Do not call these unsolicited callers back.

Always check information that is provided by the caller to ensure it is accurate and legitimate.

Avoid conversations with unknown callers.

Never wire or send money in response to an unknown caller who makes an unexpected demand.

Contact the New Canaan Police at 203-594-3500 for assistance.

New Canaan police report that especially older town residents have been receiving unsolicited phone calls from a number claiming to be with the IRS. A computer-generated voice message tells the resident the IRS is suing them, but they can avoid legal proceedings by calling 1-800-998-6734. The person at this number is described as having a foreign accent and claims to be an IRS representative.

When asked if the call was a scam, the caller hung up.

Police said while these calls are computer-generated, there are similar scams initiated by live callers.

Police added that generally, the IRS contacts taxpayers through the mail and calls like this are not legitimate.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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