2017-04-20 / Blotter

Police Blotter

Chief warns of phone scam

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Clayton Township Police Chief Bill Tucker says his department is getting hit with complaints about IRS scams.

“We’re getting five or six complaints a day right now,” said Tucker.

Residents have said they’ve received phone calls from people claiming to work for the IRS.

“The callers claim the people owe them money and there is a warrant for their arrest,” the chief said. “They try to intimidate and bully people into giving out their personal information. They’re trying to extort money.”

Tucker said the IRS will never call taxpayers.

Township police provide informational packets to inform residents of ways to avoid being victimized by scammers. The packets contain numbers to call and tips for dealing with the situation.

“I can’t stress this enough: don’t let them intimidate, don’t let them bully you,” Tucker said. “Hang up. If they call back, keep hanging up. Don’t provide any personal information.” – L.R.

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