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Residents warned about phony IRS calls

Across New Jersey, residents are have been receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury for a while now.

This isn’t necessarily a new scam. But over the last few days, the number and frequency of these calls to New Jersey residents has increased, and it is likely to continue to escalate as we enter tax season.

When they answer the phone, residents are told that they will be arrested and prosecuted if they do not pay them immediately. The name Dennis Grey is sometimes (but not always) given. And for a new wrinkle, in some cases, callers have been spoofing their caller ID to display “AARP” further highlighting their desire to encourage seniors, who they often target in these scams, to answer the phone.

The fact is, these calls are not legitimate and are in no way connected to AARP or any government agency. The IRS will not communicate with you by phone.

If you receive a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury, regardless of what appears on your caller ID, give them no identifying information and insist that they send everything to you in writing.

Jeff Abramo
Interim Manager of Communications & Community Outreach
AARP New Jersey

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