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Sarasota sheriff’s office warns about IRS scam

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release Thursday warning about an IRS telephone scam.

The Internal Revenue Service said that con artists claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and ID badge numbers.

Some, the IRS said, will demand payment via iTunes gift cards or various prepaid credit cards.

There is no U.S. Treasury or IRS official that will demand payments to another person’s account for a debt to the Treasury or IRS. A real IRS investigation or lawsuit will be handled in person or by certified mail.

Any instances of the IRS scam can be reported to the IRS online.

Hannah Morse: 941-745-7055, @mannahhorse

IRS Scam

  • To find out more information, visit: www.treasury.gov/tigta
  • To file a complaint, visit: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
  • To call the IRS directly if you think you owe taxes, call: 1-800-829-1040
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