Bangor police: IRS refunds focus of scam

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, at 10:01 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are calling people in town, telling them they have a pending refund in an attempt to get personal bank information, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards warned Monday.

“Over the weekend, I received at least three calls [from] Bangor residents reporting that they were victims of a phone scam,” he said in a Monday e-mail. “All three victims have phone numbers with the same prefix of 947 and were close numerically suggesting that these scammers started with a number and progressively went on adding one digit after the other.”

None of the people who reported the scammers to police provided personal information, Edwards said.

“The scammers left messages on answering machines and also spoke to these people stating that they were the IRS and was informing them of a refund,” he said. “As the conversations went on, these scammers asked for personal information from checking account numbers to Social Security numbers.”

Residents who may have been scammed by the IRS impersonators should take action quickly, Edwards said.

“I would urge that you contact the institution that would be affected,” he said. “If you gave bank information, call your local bank; Social Security numbers, call their office.”

Those who have been scammed also should report the incident to police. Bangor Police Department can be reached by calling 947-7384.

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