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IRS phone scam hits Kennewick area

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Police say they have recently received a great amount of scam reports from people who say they were told police would arrest them for failing to make payments to the IRS.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, more than two dozen people reported to police Tuesday of receiving calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS.

The caller says there is a warrant for the victim's arrest for failing to make payments to the IRS and local law enforcement will be arriving shortly.

Police said this type of scam is common. They are letting the public know that local police do not pick people up on non-existent warrants, and the IRS only communicates with written correspondence.

Kennewick police urge anyone who receives a call like this to hang up immediately. They also ask anyone who receives a voice message from these scammers to delete it.

The police department wants to remind people that it is not necessary to report this scam to police unless the victim has lost money.

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