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IRS phone scam

Law enforcement is advising citizens about a phone scam going around Lewis and Clark County where a fraudster is posing as a sergeant in the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

A Facebook post by the sheriff’s office warns that the fraudster is “threatening to arrest people for outstanding warrants and tickets if they don’t pay up over the phone.”

“The sheriff’s office never collects money or conducts business this way,” the post said. “Just hang up on this individual.”

Lieutenant Cory Bailey put out a warning from the Helena Police Department reiterating that, “No government agency will ever request payment for a fine or a warrant via gift cards or MoneyGram/Western Union type payments.”

“Call our dispatch center and they will have an Officer respond to your location so that you know you are actually talking to a legitimate Law Enforcement Officer,” Bailey said for anyone worried that they are not talking to a real police officer.

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Reporter at the Helena Independent Record.

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