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SCAM ALERT! IRS Scam Using Phone Call Spoofing of Police Telephone Numbers.
On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee. The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up. At approx. 11:03 AM, the resident got another call from 781-729-1214 (Winchester Police Department’s actual number). The individual on the phone stated he was with Winchester Police and that there were warrants for his arrest and told him to call 800-829-7650. The resident ended the call and redialed 781-729-1214 to see if the number was actually the Winchester Police Department. The resident confirmed it was the WPD but did not ask any further questions only confirmed number. The resident called that 800 number and “Damon Marshall” who answered, told him to get $5000 on prepaid cards and call back with the serial numbers. The resident went to CVS, got 10 MoneyPak prepaid cards with $500 each on them (total $5000), called the number back, and gave each of the serial numbers on the back to “Damon Marshall”.
The Winchester Police Department is warning residents of this scam. The Winchester Police Department will not contact residents on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. If there were an actual warrant for your arrest, The Winchester Police Department WOULD NOT contact you by phone and would absolutely not request money to resolve the issue. If you are contacted by any person or organization demanding payments and it seems suspicious, please contact Winchester Police.
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