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Worcester Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

 

The Worcester Police Department is warning residents of an IRS impersonation telephone scam.

The department has recently received a number of reports from residents about callers claiming to be from the IRS and telling them they owe money and must pay.

The intended victims are told that they must pay with a debit card or cash. Those who refuse to pay are threatened with an arrest, or loss of business or driver's license.

Scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Scammers use fake names and false IRS badge numbers. Not answering will often get you an "urgent" callback request.

The IRS has provided the following information regarding the scam:

The IRS does not:

Call you to demand immediate payment. We will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at IRS.gov.

If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at http://www.tigta.gov.

If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

 

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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:

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Religion: 1

Sexual Orientation: 0

Ethnicity: 0

 
 

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