SCAM ALERT: Lincoln City, Oregon Woman Avoids $5,000 Ripoff

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    Oregon State Flag - Scam WireAn alert and suspicious Lincoln City woman avoided a scam last week even though the caller’s ID appeared to show he was calling from the city Police Department.

    The woman called Lincoln City police on May 24 to say she had received “several phone calls from a male subject who stated he worked for the IRS,” reported police Lt. Jerry Palmer.

    “The suspect gave a false name and badge number. The suspect had even managed to get a computer generated false caller ID, which was showing the administrative phone number for our police department,” Palmer said.

    “The suspect then proceeded to tell the victim she owed $5,000 in back taxes and penalties and he had a warrant for her arrest. He told the victim she would be going to jail unless she withdrew this money from her bank and send it to him via Western Union.

    “Fortunately this lady was alert and suspicious. She called LCPD to ask about this call and found out it is an attempt to steal her money.”

    Palmer said similar scams have taken many forms recently.

    “The calls may accuse you of not reporting for jury duty, or a family member is in jail in another state or country and needs bail, or you have unpaid tickets, IRS taxes, and so on,” Palmer said.

    He said citizens should know that law enforcement, the IRS, the courts and other government entities do not call people by phone to collect money or to threaten them with warrants, or to ask that anyone send money by Western Union or money orders or by any other type of payment.

    “If you receive threatening phone calls such as these,” Palmer said, “ask the individual for their name, the agency they work for, their phone number, supervisor, etc. Usually they will hang up as soon as you do.

    “If you have any concern as to the legitimacy of these calls, please contact your local law enforcement office,” he said. “We want our citizens safe and informed with the information needed to prevent scammers from taking your money.

    “Do not fall victim. Hang up immediately. If the call persists, demand more identifying information and tell them you will be calling your local police agency to verify it. Most importantly do not send them your money.”

    More information regarding IRS scams and how to report them can be found at http://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts. Oregon residents can also report these scams to the Oregon Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection division of the Oregon Attorney Generals Office at 877-877-9392 or http://www.doj.state.or.us

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    http://www.thenewsguard.com/news/scam-alert-lincoln-city-woman-avoids-ripoff/article_91e43ba6-2784-11e6-a7ec-735ee84263be.html

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