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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Police issue ‘spoofing’ fraud alert

A resident recently contacted the Tinley Park Police Department to report she’d received phone calls from people alleging to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), who claimed she owned money and had pay immediately or be arrested.

The woman received a follow-up call from a number that the caller ID identified as a legitimate Village of Tinley Park phone number. A third caller identified themselves as a Tinley Park police officer and claimed he would issue an arrest warrant if the victim didn’t pay immediately. All three calls were fraudulent.

The Tinley Park Police Department would like residents to remember that the IRS sends letters to those who owe money, and that local police departments do not serve warrants for the IRS. The police department phone number was “spoofed” to show up in the caller ID. If you experience a similar fraud, please hang up and report it to the Tinley Park Police Department.
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