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Yolo County officials warn of phone scam involving fake calls from IRS

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving computer-generated phone calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

The official-sounding call was reported by a local resident who wanted to alert others to the scam, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

Authorities note that con artists often try to deceive potential victims by impersonating officials in hopes of obtaining personal information such as a Social Security or credit card number. In this case, the caller claimed to be from the “Internal Revenue Services.” The caller didn’t know the name of the person he was calling, spoke in broken English and used a threatening tone to try to frighten the victim into giving a quick response, authorities said.

The District Attorney’s Office advises people who receive such unexpected calls to never provide personal information. Instead, hang up and contact the agency or company through a reliable phone number or other official source to confirm the authenticity of the request. In this instance, authorities said, a quick Internet check of the name used by the caller indicated it was a scam.

Anyone who receives a phone call claiming to be from the IRS and suspects it is a scam, is advised to ask the caller to to call back later and to provide his or her employee badge number. Then call the Internal Revenue Service’s Sacramento office, (916) 974-5225, to determine whether the call was legitimate.

For information on this or other types of scams, call Enforcement Officer Dave Edwards at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, (530) 666-8416.