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Homewood police warned residents Wednesday, July 6, to be alert for scammers claiming to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials. 

The scam perpetrators not only claim to be from the IRS but sometimes threaten arrest, license revocation or other penalties, according to a neighborhood watch alert from the Homewood Police Department.

“Scammers may alter caller ID numbers to appear legitimate and use aggressive and intimidating tactics to convince victims to send money,” Homewood Police Chief Bill Alcott said.

The notice added that the IRS will never:

* Demand immediate payment;

* Deny you an opportunity to appeal the amount owed;

* Ask for a credit card number;

* Require a specific payment method;

* Threaten to bring in local law enforcement;

* Threaten to have you immediately arrested.

Alcott advised: If you receive a call of this nature hang up immediately, do not give out any personal information.  Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 1-800-366-4484.

If you think you might owe taxes, Homewood police advise contacting the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

More information: http://bit.ly/29oF00E

To report an IRS impersonation scam: www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

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