The Leavenworth County attorney is cautioning people about a scam involving people who claim to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Leavenworth County attorney is cautioning people about a scam involving people who claim to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Leavenworth Times reported on the scam in April, but County Attorney Todd Thompson said his office continues to receive reports about it.

"I just received one last week," he said.

Scammers will contact people claiming to be IRS agents. The victims are told lawsuits are pending against them or warrants have been issued for their arrest. The scammers will ask people to pay money to resolve the situation or they may leave a number for people to call them back, according to Thompson.

The IRS website reports that the federal agency will never call someone to demand immediate payment. The agency also will not call someone about taxes that are owed without first mailing the person a bill. The agency also will not demand payment of taxes without giving a person the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

The website also indicates the IRS will not require people to use a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card. IRS representatives also will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. The IRS also will not threaten to have local law enforcement agencies arrest a person for not paying taxes.

People who believe they are the victims of a tax scam can make a report with the U.S. Department of Treasury inspector general for tax administration by visiting the website, www.treasury.gov/tigta.

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