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WA Revenue Dept: Beware Of Dept. Impersonators

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Revenue says that scammers are again impersonating its employees and directing businesses to a bogus international phone number that charges $7 for the call.

The department says that an automated phone call tries to reach a business on the pretense of a tax inquiry. The automated message directs an employer to call a "1-800-631-4228" number, and then they are further instructed to call a "10-15-15-8000" number. If a business calls that number, a $7 charge is tacked on.

The Department does call businesses, usually when they fall behind on filing state tax returns. The state's number is nearly identical to the fake one: 1-800-631-4028. But anyone calling the
state number is not prompted to dial an international number.

A similar scam happened two years and authorities were unable to track down the perpetrators because they were in foreign countries.
      

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