Federal government cracks down on criminals making scam phone calls

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(WTNH) – The federal government is cracking down on criminals who are making scam phone calls and taking money from people.

Thieves are posing as IRS or immigration agents and threatening arrest, deportation or other punishment unless people pay up over the phone for what the scammers claim to be ‘unpaid income taxes’ or a ‘deportation warrant.’

The Justice Department has announced charges against dozens of people and several call centers in the United States and abroad.

The Internal Revenue Service told ABC News that the tax agency never makes calls demanding taxes be paid over the phone, and if you get a call like that, hang up.

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