Winslow police warn public of scammers impersonating IRS

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.

WINSLOW, Maine — Local police are alerting the public to an IRS scam after two complaints were fielded on Tuesday.

Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said his department received a pair of complaints from senior citizens claiming that a caller was impersonating an IRS representative.

The individual making the calls was informing people they had outstanding tax debts, and that an arrest warrant would be issued if they were unpaid, O’Leary said.

The caller was speaking in a heavy accent and broken English, O’Leary said. The public should be aware that the IRS does not make phone calls warning people that if they fail to pay debts a warrant for their arrest will be issued.

Winslow police are urging that residents do not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Those receiving such calls can report them to Winslow police at 872-5215.

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