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Abilene woman loses $2,600 in IRS scam

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police say a woman is out thousands of dollars after falling for what is commonly referred to as the IRS scam.

The 35-year-old woman got a call from a man who claimed to be with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a police report. He said she owed $2,600.

She sent the money, but according to the incident report, the man "accepted the money for his own benefit."

The IRS says if you get a suspicious call from someone claiming to an IRS employee, get the person's name, badge number and caller ID. Then call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.

If the person calling is indeed an IRS employee, call them back. If not, send an email with ‘IRS Phone Scam' in the subject line to phishing@irs.gov and include details. Click here for more advice from the IRS.

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