Police Warn of IRS Tax Evasion Phone Scam

Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 11:36 AM EDT
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Police Warn of IRS Tax Evasion Phone Scam

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Newington police are warning residents about a telephone scam in which someone claiming to be an FBI agent says there is a problem with a prior tax form and requests cash to avoid criminal prosecution.

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Newington police are warning residents about a telephone scam in which someone claiming to be an FBI agent says there is a problem with a prior tax form and requests cash to avoid criminal prosecution.

A Newington resident called police to report that someone who identified himself as an FBI agent investigating an improperly filed tax return from the previous year had scammed her. 

The caller said the IRS had sent the victim a form to complete and return to the IRS, but she failed to do so, so the IRS turned the investigation over to him to prosecute as a criminal matter. 

He told her the IRS wanted $1,225.00 to close the investigation and she had to make the payment the same day with a moneygram to avoid prosecution, police said. 

The victim was afraid she would be arrested for tax evasion, so she made the payment, police said.

After the woman made the payment, she received a call from the man confirming the payment, but then he demanded an additional $1,400 to cover legal fees, police said. 

This is when the victim realized she had been scammed and called police. 

The department is investigating and asks anyone with more information please to call the Newington Police at (860) 666-8445.

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