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Amherst Police warn of U.S. Treasury phone scam

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 17:56:52-04

Amherst Police report they received nearly 50 phone calls Wednesday from residents who said they were contacted by a suspected phone scammer.

The phone call comes from a person claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury. The caller says you owe money for back taxes, and you must pay it or you'll be arrested.

Amherst Police believes these calls are consistent with other scams that have circulated in the recent past.

The US Treasury will not contact via telephone regarding fines or penalties. You should not give out and personal information including banking information, and immediately terminate the call.