Blue Springs man warning about tax scam from number claiming to be IRS

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A Blue Springs man was checking his phone when he came across a message from the IRS that sparked some worry.

Dave Ireland said the message was a machine call from a strange number that pretended to be the IRS. Ireland said the number threatened the IRS planned to sue him.

"You know I'm a little nervous about it, thinking this can't be true," he said.

Ireland told his wife about the message and she suggested he call H&R Block, where their taxes were done. H&R Block then recommended that Ireland contact Blue Springs Police. Police then passed him  onto the Federal Trade Commission.

Ireland said the employee who answered the phone at the Federal Trade Commission, wasn't surprised when they heard he was from Missouri.

"We're getting a slew of phone calls from the state of Missouri- that IRS wants them to call them," the Federal Trade Commission said.

The Platte City police department also sent out a warning Tuesday to let its residents know the IRS will only contact individuals by mail if taxes are owed.

Ireland said if his warning helps just one person, it's been worth the trouble to get to the bottom of the scam.

"You can be caught off guard any time, you may think you know what you're doing, but if you get caught off guard at the wrong time, you might make the phone call or you might write the check," Ireland said.

Ireland said he's just happy he's the one who got the phone call and not someone who was more likely to fall victim to this heartless scam.

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