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OKC Man Almost Conned By IRS Phone Scam

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Someone claiming to be an IRS agent called Chacko and said he owed nearly $7,000 in taxes. Someone claiming to be an IRS agent called Chacko and said he owed nearly $7,000 in taxes.
Oklahoma City, OK -

It's tax season, and the IRS is warning of a tax scam that is making the rounds locally.

Wilson Chacko has lived in the Oklahoma City area for more than 30 years.

He said two weekends ago, someone claiming to be an IRS agent called him and said Chacko owed nearly $7,000 in taxes.

The caller, who called from a California area code, said if Chacko didn't wire nearly $7,000 in the next two hours, IRS agents would arrest him at his front door.

Chacko thought about sending the money, but called his son Prinston Wilson instead. Prinston works locally in Information Technology security. He quickly figure out it's the same scam the IRS has been warning consumers about for the past three months.

"The IRS will not call you asking you to send a voucher over the phone. They'll ask you to mail a check or send a certified letter. And The IRS is based in Texas, not California."

If you think you've been victimized or approached by these scam artists, call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 or 1-800-829-1040.

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