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JONESBORO — The Union County State's Attorney's Office in a Monday news release warned residents of an ongoing scam that has targeted people by phone.

State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds said in the release that an individual claiming to be affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service has placed unsolicited phone calls to Union County residents, claiming that the person being called owes money to the IRS. The calls threaten that a warrant will be issued if targets do not provide payment.

Edmonds said people should never provide personal information, including bank account numbers or social security numbers, to unsolicited callers. 

The IRS has said that it never:

  • Calls to demand immediate payment;
  • Calls about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill;
  • Demands that people pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed;
  • Requires a person to use a specific payment method for taxes;
  • Asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
  • Threatens to involve local police or law enforcement to have someone arrested for not paying.

Anyone who wishes to report an incident related to this scam may contact the Union County State's Attorney's Office at 618-833-7216 or the Union County Sheriff's Office at 618-833-5500. 

Tax scams may be reported to the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or treasury.gov/tigta.

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