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Watch Out for Two Scams

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Montana state officials want you to be wary about a scam going on.

People are getting phone calls from con artists pretending to be from the Department of Corrections.

They caller says they have an arrest warrant for you and you will go to jail if you don't call the number provided.

They are then told if they don't pay hundreds of dollars they will go to jail by the end of the day.

The Department of Justice wants to remind you to just hang up or if you get into a conversation make sure you don't give any personal information.

You should never trust callers who use threats or insults to bully you.

You can report the call to the Consumer Protection at (800) 481-6896

The Montana Department of Justice wants to remind you about an I.R.S. scam that keeps coming back and is considered the largest of its kind.

Callers are pretending to be from the I.R.S. and demanding payment for taxes owed.

Many times they know the last four digits of your Social Security number, make the caller ID appear to be from the I.R.S. and send bogus follow-up emails to support the con.

Scammers often claim to be government officials from other agencies threatening arrest and attempt to scare you into releasing financial information.

The I.R.S. only contacts people by mail about unpaid taxes.

The I.R.S. never asks for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Remember if you get a call like this just hang up or make sure you don't give out any personal information.

You can report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General at (800) 366-4484.