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VIPD Economic Crime Division Warns Public About IRS Telephone Scam Aimed At The Territory

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said people should beware of an automated IRS telephone scam that has targeted the St. Thomas community.

Police said that the scammer is using IRS automated recordings that sound “very authentic.”

The recording will say that there is a lawsuit filed against you and then offer you a discount on your outstanding taxes due.

The scammers really only want your credit card information. They say they need it to satisfy your outstanding tax balance due.

Police advise the public to not give them any information.

ECU Tips to Avoid This Scam:

The IRS will not call you by telephone; they send their correspondences via USPS.

The calls are coming in from a New York telephone number (347) 468-9786, however beware of unknown numbers.

The person is using the name Agent Jacob Lucas, but they may also be using other names.

If you receive a call from anyone trying to get information from you, ask them to provide their telephone number so that you can call them back before you give them any of your information.

If you think it’s a scam contact VIPD at (340) 774-2211.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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