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Jun 7, 2016 9:47 AM

Scammer claiming to be from IRS defrauds Salem woman of 15 $100 iTunes gift cards


SALEM - Police have seen an uptick in the number of reports of IRS scams.

The latest report came Tuesday when a Salem resident reported losing $1,500 when she received a call from a man claiming to be from the IRS and telling her she owed the agency money.

He instructed her to go to a local store and buy 15 $100 Apple iTunes gift cards. The woman told police she bought the cards and returned home and read the numbers over the phone to the man.

She called police when the man told her to return to the store and buy another $4,000 in gift cards.

Salem police said they are receiving approximately 10 calls a day from residents saying the IRS is demanding money.

Police said the IRS will never call seeking money and police will not be sent to a residence if they don't comply with the demands.

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