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LARIMER COUNTY - The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of the IRS scam after receiving reports of calls targeting the area.

It starts with a very threatening phone call from a thief purporting to be with the Treasury Department. The person is told there is a warrant out for their arrest for failure to pay back taxes. The debt must be paid immediately, or they are subject to arrest and jail time.

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The sheriff's office urges residents who receive such a call to write down the caller's name and any information the caller gives, end the call, and then independently contact the agency the caller claimed to be working for to verify the status of any accounts.

If residents have fallen victim to a scammer, they should follow these five steps:

  • Do not communicate further with the scammers.
  • Contact your bank.
  • Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus.
  • File a police report.
  • Document the dates, times, and topics of all of your communications with the scammers, financial institutions, the credit bureaus, and law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff's Office at 970-416-1985 or visit http://larimersheriff.org and click on the "Stay Safe" link.

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