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It’s tax season! Perhaps the only people excited are overly enthusiastic accountants, folks at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and scammers. This season, scammers are already at it.

Mark Opgrande, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told a local TV station that IRS scammers are calling, impersonating deputies and asking for money owed to the IRS.

According to KOKH, the con artist introduces himself as Officer Lee Chandler with the sheriff’s office. Callers reported threatening demands such as pay up, surrender or go to jail. Yikes!

Sadly, some targets fell for the trick, which prompted deputies to pass out a tax scam pamphlet. We at Chicken Fried-News haven’t flipped through it, but we hope the first tidbit includes the IRS’ fondness for the U.S. Postal Service.

If you find yourself on the bad side of the IRS, expect a letter. Phone calls are dubious. Pamphlets can be found at the Oklahoma County Jail and sheriff’s office substations in Midwest City and Quail Springs Mall, KOKH reported.

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