Fake IRS phone scam won’t go away, police say just hang up

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We’ve been telling you for a month about a scam making the rounds again in Hawaii, and it doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon.

Victims receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, who says they owe money and could go to jail or be sued if they don’t pay up right away.

The Honolulu Police Department says if you get one of these calls, the best thing you can do is ignore it.

“Don’t play that game. Get away from it. Don’t respond to them. Don’t give up anything,” said Capt. John McCarthy with the Honolulu Police Department. “A lot of us are polite in Hawaii. Be polite and hang up. Tell them you don’t have time, you’ve got to go. Hang up. Don’t get engaged in them.”

If you do receive a call, report it immediately to the Better Business Bureau online here or call 536-6956.

Live BBB operators are available to assist callers from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon on Fridays.

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