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Batavia police warn about recent phone scams

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BATAVIA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

With tax season in full swing, police in west suburban Batavia are warning residents about recent phone scams, including one involving a caller posing as an IRS agent.

The male suspect, posing as an IRS agent over the phone, said the recipient of the call owed the IRS money, and asked for personal banking information such as credit card PIN numbers, Batavia police said in a release.

Police have been notified of two recent incidents of the scam, the release said. In both cases, the caller was "verbally aggressive" and threatened that victims would be audited if they did not cooperate.

The IRS does not ask for PIN numbers, passwords, or other confidential information for credit cards, bank accounts or other financial accounts, police said.

People targeted by the scam can always contact the IRS at 1 (800) 829-1040 to learn if they really do owe taxes, police said. Victims are also urged to report the scam to the Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1 (800) 366-4484.

Residents have also encountered a second type of scam, in which a caller poses as a police officer and says a family member has been arrested. The caller then advises the person to send money for bail using Green Dot cards or wire transfers, the release said. Police said this scam usually targets elderly people.

Anyone with information on the scams should contact Batavia police.

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