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WATCH OUT: Scammers pose as IRS with D.C. area code in phone hoax

D.C. police are warning the public about the latest phone hoax in which scammers use technology to disguise their caller I.D. with a D.C. 202 area code and pretend to be IRS representatives. (ABC7 file phone)

The call may seem like it is coming from D.C., but if someone claiming to be from the IRS calls you and asks for money, hang up immediately.

D.C. police are warning the public about the latest phone hoax in which scammers use technology to disguise their caller I.D. with a D.C. 202 area code and pretend to be IRS representatives.

The phony D.C. area code adds legitimacy to the scam, since many federal agencies are located in the D.C. area. In reality, many of the calls come from overseas using voice over IP (VOIP) phone services like Skype or magicJack, police say.

The police department described the calls as “aggressive” and said the callers often threaten to arrest or prosecute victims if the money is not paid.

As a reminder, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, call about taxes owed without first having mailed a tax bill, or require a specific payment method like a pre-paid card or wire services, according to police.

D.C. police also said that the IRS would never threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have anyone arrested for not paying.

If you get a call from these scammers, hang up immediately and do not provide any personal information.

If you've been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report here.

Also, contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" here. Remember to add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

If someone claiming to be an MPD detective calls you regarding taxes, you can call MPD at 202-727-9099 to verify or report the call.

If you have further questions regarding this scam, contact MPD's Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit at 202-727-4159 or email mpd.fraud-unit@dc.gov.

If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees can help you with a payment issue.

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