OLEAN, NY – City police issued a warning Monday advising residents to be wary of persons who claim to be Internal Revenue Service employees and demand money.

“The City of Olean Police are aware of several complaints involving persons claiming to be the IRS and demanding money be paid for back taxes or tax filing errors,” Olean police wrote in a Facebook posting.

According to the posting, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, the IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.

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“Recognizing these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim,” police wrote in the posting.

Click here for an IRS consumer alerts about scams.