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Attorney general warns of IRS scam

After state residents have reported getting calls from the IRS, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning that they are a scam.

Scammers have reportedly left messages saying there is a problem with the IRS and if they don’t call back, they’ll be arrested. The calls appear to be efforts to trick people into giving up sensitive personal and financial information, according to a press release.

“No one wants to get into trouble with the IRS, and that’s what the scam artists are counting on,” Stenehjem said in the release. “They hope that anyone receiving such a message will be intimidated into calling back immediately, and that’s where the scam begins.”

Although there are no reports of anyone falling victim to this scam, Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protection Division, urged residents who receive such a message to delete it without response. Consumers who have questions about suspicious voice messages, or who have responded to the message, can call the Consumer Protection division, toll-free at 800-472-2600.