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Police warn of scammers posing as government workers

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A new scam, targeting residents in almost every state, has affected several west suburban residents, the Beacon-News is reporting.

Police are investigating several incidents reported by Aurora residents who were contacted by scammers posing as government employees.

The callers often identify themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service, and tell victims they owe money or are required to pay fines.

Callers are directed to pay the penalties with Green Dot Money Pak prepaid cards, police said.

According to police, victims are threatened with arrest if they don't comply with the request. They are often directed to local businesses that sell the prepaid Green Dot cards.

Once the cards are purchased, the scammers ask the victims to read the card numbers over the phone. The money is then typically transferred to other prepaid cards, and used to make purchases in other states, police said.

The funds are often used to add money to PayPal accounts, or to make same-day payments to major companies, police said.

Unlike a credit or debit card, once the money is removed from the Green Dot card, it cannot be refunded to the victim.

Green Dot is warning customers to never give out the number to anyone they don't know or trust.

Aurora police remind residents that the IRS does not operate by requiring restitution through Green Dot cards. According to the IRS website, the scam has victimized persons in almost every state. They also urge that if someone receives a call from anyone purporting to be with the IRS, they should call the agency at 800-829-1040 or the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

More information on the scam is in the newsroom section of the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

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