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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 has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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