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Local resident avoids IRS Scam


A Quincy woman is the latest victim of someone trying to get money from her by pretending to be a government agency.

Mary Burke received a call on her cell phone saying she was going to receive a refund from the IRS.  Burke gave the would be scam artist her name, then they were disconnected.

She immediately called the IRS, and officials told her this was a scam because the IRS mails you information instead of calling people directly.  Burke said everyone, especially the elderly, need to be careful.

"Because a lot of elderly people, they're in my predicament. They need money and if someone says you have money owed to you, you start to think I can pay this I can pay that, and you end up paying, and I don't want to see that," she said.

The IRS also does not contact people through email, so if you get one with the IRS logo, do not reply to the message, open any attachments, or click on any links.

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