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Police Warn of Residents About Phone Scam Involving Fake IRS Agent

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Pittsburg police are warning residents about a phone scam involving fake Internal Revenue Service collection agents, police officials said today. Police said the department has recently received reports from residents regarding calls from a 202 area code, which is out of Washington D.C.

The caller identifies him or herself as an IRS collection agent working with the FBI and is persistent in saying they are calling regarding unpaid taxes. To avoid potential prosecution, the caller insists the debt needs to be repaid immediately, police said.

Police are advising residents that if they have unpaid taxes, they would already have received an official collection notice from the IRS. Police said residents should not provide the caller with any personal information, including Social Security, bank account or debit card numbers. Simply hang up on the caller, police said.

Residents who receive suspicious phone calls are encouraged to call Pittsburg police at (925) 646-2441.

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