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Butler County police warn against scammers posing as government agents demanding money

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- The Butler County Sheriff's office issued a warning asking residents to be cautious about a telephone scam targeting families. 

As part of the scam callers claim to be government agents and demand money. It's a scam that the Sheriff's office is familiar with. Every couple years they get receive complaints about the scam.

Recently it has happened twice: one in Liberty and once in Fairfield.

The scammer is posing as an IRS agent attempting to collect back taxes or other debt through various governmental payment plans.

In one of the calls, the scammer claimed to  be a Butler County sheriff deputy calling about complaints regarding a department of justice debt. In both cases, the residents were threatened with arrest and jail time if the debt was not immediately paid.

Sergent Chuck Laymon says if this happens to you, call 911.

"If it even remotely sounds suspicious, call us. No IRS agent is going to call a home and threaten to incarcerate someone if they don't send them money. That's just not the way government agents do business," he says.

Never give credit card information, wire money or send checks to someone demanding money and threatening jail time. If you receive a call, hang up and call the police.

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