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The Bloomington Police Department has seen a recent increase in reports about scam phone calls from callers claiming to be with the IRS or a grandchild in trouble. You should always be skeptical of callers asking for personal or banking information. When in doubt, don’t give it out. 

If you receive a scam phone call and do not suffer a financial loss or loss of personal information, there is no need to report the incident. Bloomington Police can only take action if there has been a loss.

If you receive a scam phone call from someone impersonating the IRS, call the agency to report it at 1-800-366-4484 and choose option 8. The IRS does not demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.