The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and the Pueblo West Metropolitan District are warning residents of a telephone scam where calls that appear to originate from the Pueblo West Metro District are actually scammers posing as the IRS or other agencies.

In the past few weeks, several residents have reported receiving calls they believe are from the Pueblo West Metro District. Instead, they are callers posing as the IRS or other agencies. Pueblo West Metro District officials want residents to know those calls are not originating from their office, but rather the scammers have spoofed the Metro District’s phone number.

According to the IRS, it does not demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

The IRS will not demand you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe and the IRS will not threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

Although there is nothing that can be done to stop the practice, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and Metro District officials encourage residents to not provide any personal or financial information to anyone you do not know.

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