Tax Phone Scam Now Popping Up Upstate

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) -

A telephone scam from callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service has now reached upstate, with Utica’s police department warning of callers using the region’s 315 area code to obtain personal information and cash from their victims.

Similar to the scam that has hit New York City the past year, many people are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay promptly using a debit card or wire transfer or be arrested. Callers sometimes become threatening or insulting.