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DA Early Warns of IRS Scam Targeting Worcester County Residents

Thursday, January 14, 2016

 

District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. is warning citizens of a scam in which a caller says he is from the Internal Revenue Service and threatens unsuspecting victims with arrest if they don't make an immediate payment. 

"Don't be fooled, this scam might seem legitimate to an unsuspecting victim, but it is not," said Early. 

Operators of this scam have been around for some time but have recently targeted Worcester County residents, including the elderly. 

The scam, known as a "phishing scam" directs victims to an official-looking but false web site or asks them to call a special telephone number where personal financial information is requested. 

The IRS warns that it never initiates contact with taxpayers with a phone call to request personal or financial information. 

Anyone with concerns about requests for money or personal financial information is urged to call the District Attorney's office or the IRS. 

 

Related Slideshow: 25 Massachusetts Cities and Towns with Highest Hate Crime Rates Per Capita

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1. Provincetown

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .3352

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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2. East Longmeadow

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .3135

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category

Race: 2

Religion: 0 

Sexual Orientation: 3

Ethnicity: 0

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3. Boston

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .2510

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 73

Religion: 21

Sexual Orientation: 53

Ethnicity: 15 

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4. Edgartown

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .2351

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 1

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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5. Bedford

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .2151

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race:1

Religion: 2

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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6. Bolton

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1976

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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7. Lynn

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1743

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 3

Religion: 2 

Sexual Orientation: 5

Ethnicity: 4

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8. Medford

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1741

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 5

Religion: 3

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 1

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9. Dover

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1730

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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10. Plymouth

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1727

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 9

Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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11. Dracut

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1637

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 4

Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation:

Ethnicity:

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12. Lincoln

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1523

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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13. Haverhill

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1445

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 2

Religion: 1 

Sexual Orientation: 3

Ethnicity: 2

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14. Quincy

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1390

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 6

Religion: 3

Sexual Orientation: 0 

Ethnicity: 4

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15. Acton

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1311

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 3

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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16. WIlliamstown

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1301

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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17. West Boylston

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1278

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 1

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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18. Cambridge

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1211

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 4

Religion: 3

Sexual Orientation: 3

Ethnicity: 3

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19. Plainville

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1174

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 1

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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20. Douglas

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1159

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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21. Monson

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1147

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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22. South Hadley

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1123

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 1

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 1

Ethnicity: 0

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23. Milton

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1100

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 1

Religion: 2

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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24. Norton

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .1030

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 2

Religion: 0

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

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25. Lakeville

Number of Hate Crimes Per Capita (1,000 residents): .0914

Total Number of Hate Crimes Per Category:

Race: 0

Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

 
 

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