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Oregon taxpayers have been receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be with the IRS or Internal Revenue Service. KLCC’s Briana Friden has the story.

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Scam artists are calling up Lane County residents, accusing them of unpaid citations, outstanding warrants, or failing to appear for jury duty.  Victims are then told they can fix things by buying gift cards.

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The holidays find people opening both their hearts and wallets to charitable causes.  But Oregon officials say to be wary of scammers who take advantage of yuletide sentiment.

Eugene Police Department Sees Increase in IRS Scam Calls

Aug 1, 2016
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The Eugene Police Department has received reports of scam calls, primarily targeting college-age and elderly people.

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A Sisters woman has been fined $140,000 and faces additional charges for misleading at least a dozen people to invest $700,000 in her business. Rebecca Castle, also known as Rebecca Groins allegedly spent investor's money on jewelry, spa services, and made purchases for her children and boyfriend. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services claims the business she was representing either did not exist or was financially unsuccessful. Jake Sunderland is a spokesman for the OCBS.

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Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are targeting the Eugene area.

Phone recording: "The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you."

This is the call being reported to Eugene Police. The computer-generated voice instructs people to call a phone number. Detective Steve Williams says scammers try multiple tactics to get people to send money.