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      IRS issues taxpayer alert due to phone scams

      The Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., issued an alert Friday, to warn taxpayers against telephone scam artists.

      The content of the phone calls may vary, but the callers usually demand money, or ask for personal information.

      Scammers may even alter their caller ID information, so it appears the call is actually coming from the IRS.

      Today, the IRS listed five tell-tale signs that the person calling you may be trying to scam you. The IRS says they will never:

      1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

      2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

      3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

      4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

      5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

      If you think you are a victim, contact the Federal Trade Commission on FTC.gov.