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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 4:15:00 PM

Suspects Use Police in Phone Scams


Release Date: February 25, 2014 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations Unit  

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Heather Graves


 Modesto, CA – Modesto Police ask citizens to be cautious of anyone using the Modesto Police Department’s name to collect money.


The “IRS Telephone Scam” continues to victimize citizens in Modesto.  The scam consists of an “agent” calling victims saying they owe money to the IRS.  The “agent” demands the money be paid promptly by a pre-paid debit card.  If the victim refuses, the “agent” threatens to call the police to have the victim arrested. 


It is important to know that the Modesto Police Department will never call to collect money or goods.  If you receive such a phone call from someone representing the Modesto Police Department, investigators ask that you file a police report immediately by calling (209) 552-2470.


For more information on the “IRS Telephone Scam”, visit the Internal Revenue Service website at


If you have any information regarding criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.


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