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Protect yourself from phone scams

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
Updated on May 3, 2022

The Bloomington Police Department reminds you to always to be skeptical of callers asking for personal or banking information. Whether it’s someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service or saying they’re a grandchild asking for bail money, when in doubt, don’t give your banking information 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.