Common scams continue to plague residents

Even though many know how to react to scam phone calls, officials are still wanting to remind everyone to be cautious.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 6:45 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Even though many know how to react to scam phone calls, officials are still wanting to remind everyone to be cautious.

One such place is in New Albany.

Police say six to eight scam reports were filed in New Albany on Monday. Residents reported being threatened by the IRS.

New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson is among those who have received such phone calls.

He says the caller claimed to be with the IRS and that a warrant was out of his arrest.

“I said, ‘Okay take my butt to jail,’ and guess what – he hung up,” the chief said.

Robertson says this has been happening frequently in the city. And it’s common across the country.

“They can make it look like a local number or a business number,” he said. “They spoof the numbers. They make it look authentic. And when you see a local number, people are a little more apt to answer.”

The scammers tend to target people ages 50 and older.

Police are wanting to remind everyone that the IRS will not call you for money.

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