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N.D. residents getting scam calls

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning North Dakotans that scam artists are making calls pretending to be from the IRS. As the end of the year approaches, people are making tax preparations and con artists are taking advantage of the situati...

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning North Dakotans that scam artists are making calls pretending to be from the IRS.
As the end of the year approaches, people are making tax preparations and con artists are taking advantage of the situation, Stenehjem said. Stenehjem has issued numerous warnings about IRS scam calls, which have been circulating in North Dakota for at least three years.
In the latest variation, scam artists claim that the taxpayer has ignored previous messages and is now about to be charged with fraud. The scam artist demands that the taxpayer return the call immediately to avoid further legal action or imminent arrest, and leaves a call back number. Although the call back number appears to be in the United States, scam artists use readily available technology to relay the calls to their actual location, outside the country. Unfortunately, this puts scam artists beyond the reach of state and federal authorities.
“These calls are not from the IRS. The scam artists just want to steal your money,” said Stenehjem, who suggested residents simply delete the message or hang up on calls.
The IRS said anyone who receives a fake IRS phone call or message should report it directly to the U.S. Department of Treasury inspector general. To report a fake IRS call or message, call (800) 366-4484, visit https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml , or email phishing@irs.gov .

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