IRS phone scam in U.P.

WAKEFIELD – Troopers from the Wakefield post of the Michigan State Police would like to make the public aware of a phone scam in the area.

According to troopers, the callers portray themselves as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and advise the victims that they owe back taxes. The callers can be pushy and demanding, going as far as to threaten the victims that they will be arrested if they do not comply.

The callers have accents and speak poor English, troopers said.

Troopers advise that this is not the manner in which the IRS or any reputable company conducts business.

Citizens should not give out any personal information, such as a social security number or bank account number, over the phone.

Anyone who has received these types of calls should contact their local police department.