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Phone scammers impersonate police, IRS

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:15 a.m. CST

ELMHURST – Twice this week, the Elmhurst Police Department received calls about people impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees and Elmhurst police officers.

On Wednesday, offenders told victims there was an urgent matter and they needed personal information. Once victims provided the requested personal information, offenders instructed victims to purchase prepaid cash cards and provide the number on the back of those cards, according to a police department news release.

One victim refused to make the payments, and the offender told the victim he would be arrested. Another victim’s caller identification stated the call was from the IRS and even included the IRS phone number of 800-829-1040, the release said.

While police officers were at the scene investigating the complaint, the scam artist called again and the caller ID read 911, although the call was bogus, according to the release.

Police also said the IRS and Elmhurst Police Department will never call residents and ask them to provide detailed information over the phone or purchase prepaid cash cards to pay a debt.

Anyone with concerns about the validity of the caller can contact the Elmhurst Police Department directly at 630-530-3050.

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