Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, September 7th)Dover, Ohio – Law Enforcement officials are reminding residents to never give out personal information over the phone.

A wave of reports have been received by the Dover Police from residents saying they answered the phone and someone is claiming to be from the IRS.

Captain Jim Hitchcock explains the caller is threatening individuals by telling them they will go to jail if they don’t pay.

These calls may seem legitimate since the caller-id may display a number that mimics IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

The IRS will not contact a person by phone and will not request payment through any type of gift card, wire transfer, or prepaid debit card.

Hitchcock reminds residents to never give out personal information over the phone and that these calls are a scam. For more information, visit the IRS’s website.

Meanwhile, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department is receiving reports from citizens stating that someone is calling them, making “serious allegations”, and the caller tells them that if they do not return their call in the next 24-hours law enforcement will take them into custody.

At this time, the number coming up for these calls is (425) 287-6721; however, sheriff officials remind residents that this number appearing on caller-ids can change.

Residents are encouraged to hang-up immediately or ignore these types of calls since it is a scam.

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