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Posted on: August 20, 2015

Lombard Police Warn Residents of IRS and Loved Ones in Need Phone Scams

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In an effort to help keep Lombard residents safe, the Lombard Police Department wants to alert and educate residents about ongoing telephone scams, in which scammers pose as employees with the IRS, or impersonate a loved one in need.

The IRS scam begins when a resident is called by an individual claiming to be an “agent” of the IRS. The scammer provides a fake name or title, and informs the victim that they owe money to the IRS and risk arrest if they do not electronically send funds immediately. Calls could continue past this point with ongoing requests and demands. The scammer might use a “spoofed” phone number, which is generated online, and is designed to look like a legitimate phone number on caller ID. The scams are focused on persons of retirement age or older.

A second common scam starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be a loved one in need. Often times this scam baits the victim into saying the name of the family member they believe is calling them. The scammer then assumes that identity, claims they are in trouble and are in need of financial assistance for fines, legal fees, or bail for release from jail. This scam could include a second scammer posing as a police officer or lawyer that directs the victim to electronically send funds.

Residents are reminded to never send any amount of money, to hang up and to call the police immediately after being contacted the first time. Please call the IRS directly to confirm your financial security, or your loved one directly to confirm their safety. Any money that is wired is rarely recovered. As these scams are known to target older individuals, please advise seniors of phone scams and remind them to never give out personal information or wire money over the phone.

For more information please call Sgt. John Malatia at (630)620-4674 and to report a phone scam please dial 911.

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