Income tax season also means scam season

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Income tax season is in full swing and that means a common phone scam may be returning to a community near you.

It works by someone claiming to be an employee of the IRS calling people at random and trying to get potential victims to give away their personal information.

Captain Trevor Duncan with the Joplin Police Department says unsolicited calls from anyone pretending to be tied to a legitimate organization are almost always bogus.

“Any reputable company or government agency will contact you in person or send you mail, so we just recommend you don’t give any personal information over the phone and really don’t give those people the time of day,” says Captain Trevor Duncan.

Ironically, Duncan says one of the officers with the Joplin Police Department even received one of those unsolicited phone calls today.

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