Richland police warn of IRS phone scam

RICHLAND, Wash. -- With the federal tax deadline only a day away, the Richland Police Department is warning that people in Richland are receiving scam phone calls that claim to be from the IRS.

RPD says several people have reported getting the calls today. The victims are asked to call (585) 444-7053, ext. 2. When they call, they are sent to a voicemail message, usually from a man with a heavy accent. If callers leave their name and number, someone else calls back, asking them for personal information.

Police say this is a well-known scam nationwide, and they say you should never call one of these numbers back or provide personal information over the phone.

The IRS has created a website about several of these tax scams. That information is available here.