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Sheriff's Office flooded with calls about IRS phone scam

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said it received approximately 25 phone calls on Friday alone from people who said they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS or the Treasury Department and believed the call to be a scam.

Sheriff's officials said in each case, the caller tells the person answering the phone that they owe money to the IRS and must pay through a pre-loaded debit card, credit card or wire transfer, or face jail time.

In one case, the Sheriff's Office said the caller told a resident that if they did not pay immediately, federal agents would be sent to their front door to collect.

The Sheriff's Office said the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe, ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or threaten to bring in law enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

Click here for information from the Federal Trade Commission about the latest scams and tips to protect yourself.

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