MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE: Aspen police warn of phone-scam activity | AspenTimes.com

MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE: Aspen police warn of phone-scam activity

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The Aspen Police Department issued a statement Monday morning that warns of an increase in telephone scams directed at local residents.

“At approximately 10 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2015, the Aspen Police Department received multiple reports of phone scams,” the statement reads. “The suspects claim to be from the IRS/Treasury Department or Federal Magistrates, and ask for back taxes to be paid immediately or to ‘sort out an issue’ regarding court fines, etc.”

The statement asks residents to exercise caution and to be aware of potential frauds. It says that anyone who believes they have been contacted by phone scammers should report to the IRS directly through the following Web link: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

“The Aspen police continue to investigate similar fraud cases that have occurred in Aspen. If you have additional information that fits this crime, please contact the Aspen police and request to speak to an officer,” the statement says.

Aspen police investigators can be reached by calling 970-920-5400.

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