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Albion Police Department warns of person posing as IRS

Posted 11 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Roland Nenni, Albion Police Chief

ALBION – The Albion Police Department is currently investigating several fraud complaints involving telephone contact being made to mostly elderly victims.

Phone calls are being received from a person posing to be an agent of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The caller is advising that the person receiving the call owes several thousand dollars in back taxes. The fake agent then tells the victim that they can settle by paying the money owed, in a reduced settlement amount or that they can purchase several $500 I Tunes Cards from a retailer and then send them to an address that will be provided after the cards are purchased.

The Albion Police Department would like to make residents aware that the IRS does not contact persons over the phone for tax related issues and that only the US Postal Service is used to communicate via written correspondence bearing the official makings of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

This scam is not unique to the Albion area and is occurring throughout the country.

Investigating these types of crimes are very difficult and if the scam is successful there is very little chance of making an arrest or obtaining restitution for the victims.

If a suspicious call is received and you have doubts as to if it is valid you should contact law enforcement before proceeding.