Local residents may receive recorded messages from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. But Leavenworth police officials are cautioning residents that these messages are part of a scam.

Local residents may receive recorded messages from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. But Leavenworth police officials are cautioning residents that these messages are part of a scam.

Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said the phone messages are a variation of a telephone scam in which live callers pose as IRS agents and tells victims that they owe money on the their taxes. He said the recorded message provides a number for the recipient to call.

Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said the IRS traditionally contacts people through the mail rather than by phone.

Nicodemus said anyone who is in doubt as to whether a phone message is legitimate can contact local law enforcement officers.