Deschutes SO warns of surge in 'IRS' scam calls

Even sheriff's deputy gets several calls

BEND, Ore. - The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it has received several calls regarding an automated phone call scam saying the caller is from the Internal Revenue Service and they leave a number to call them back saying it is urgent that you call to avoid prosecution, or an agent will be responding to your house, or a warrant being issued in your name.

The automated caller will leave a phone number asking you to call them back, deputies said.

The IRS does not call you to advise you that an agent will come to your house, or issue a warrant, the sheriff's office said. The IRS also does not solicit any money or financial information over the phone. Do not call this number, deputies warned -- and certainly, if you decide to make contact do not give out any personal information or bank information.

"This call is a scam to take advantage of the public," sheriff's deputies said.

A deputy said he had received three of these calls in the last six weeks.

"I have called the number back, and there is a male on the line with a foreign accent," the deputy said. "He has tried to convince me to give him personal information or an agent will be dispatched to my home, or a warrant for my arrest will be issued over a past IRS tax issue."

"The last number that called me showed it was out of Austin, Texas," the deputy added. "Telephone scammers can make it appear that they are calling from almost anywhere."

If you have any questions, call your local IRS office. "Do not give out any personal information or bank information to any person calling on the phone," deputies said.

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