Phone scam targeting Piedmont residents

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police are cautioning Piedmont residents about a phone scam picking up in our area.

In just one hour today, the Greensboro Police Department got calls from five different people saying they'd been targeted.

E.Y. Watkins, a Greensboro Police Department officer, says that amount of calls is unprecedented.

"It's not normal to get that many calls in that length of time," she said.

Watkins says the scam callers pretend to be IRS agents and instruct the person on the other end of the receiver to immediately provide credit card information or he/she will be arrested.

"I think people pay more attention to this scam because it's coming from the IRS," she said. "And anytime you mention IRS you think it's very serious and you should pay attention to it."

Watkins says no credible caller would ever ask for personal information or a money transfer over the phone.

"Asking you to give money, asking for your social security number, your date of birth, anything like that," she says, is a red flag that the call is a scam.

If you think you receive a scam call, call your local police department's non-emergency number.