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Plaquemines Parish sheriff warns tax time is scam time

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco is warning residents about a phone and email scam involving income tax that often pops up around this time of year.

On Thursday, (Jan. 22), a Jefferson Parish resident reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent and saying that the resident owed money. The caller said if the money wasn't paid within an hour, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office would arrest him.

On another call, a resident was told the same thing and was ordered to send money via Western-Union or some other similar form of payment. On other occasions, callers have told residents to send payment via a pre-paid debit card.

The caller reportedly had a foreign accent and is possibly of Asian descent.

The calls were placed from telephone number (888) 283-7948. After investigating, the PPSO determined that the number is fake and possibly "spoofed," which means that callers can falsify the phone number and/or name on caller ID information to disguise the identity of the caller.

The IRS has reported that this scam is being committed nationwide, is on their "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for this year, and has been surging in recent months.

Sheriff Greco is providing the following tips:

· If someone calls saying they are an IRS agent and demands that you send money immediately, hang up. The IRS will contact you by U.S. mail first. And, they will never demand immediate payment by phone or ask for credit card or debit numbers.

· Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484.

· Never provide personal identifying information, such as name, date of birth, social security number or PIN number to someone you do not know.

· Never provide personal identifying information, such as name, date of birth, social security number or PIN number to someone you do not know.

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