Deschutes County residents report flood of IRS scam calls

Dispatchers received about 100 reports Monday

BEND, Ore. - Deschutes County residents reported a flood of calls Monday from scammers claiming to be with the IRS and telling people they need to pay back taxes or face arrest.

The county’s 911 dispatch center advised receiving about 100 calls from citizens reporting the IRS scam, sheriff’s deputies said.

The citizens are being told there is a warrant for their arrest, and they ned to send money to clear up the warrant. The IRS does not conduct such business by phone, authorities said.

So far, deputies said, none of the call recipients reported having fallen for the scam.

Dispatchers referred the calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at or call 1-800-366-4484.

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