The Internal Revenue Service is setting up a centralized reporting system for a series of scams in which callers have asked residents for payment for alleged back taxes, according to San Mateo police.

The IRS does not request payment over the phone and instead sends out notices by mail, according to San Mateo police.

Because of the volume of reports for the past few months, San Mateo police will no longer take reports of these phone scams unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. Instead, anyone who receives a call from someone posing as an IRS agent is asked to go to www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml to make a report.

Many of the callers are outside the area and oftentimes out of state so the new system will enable better location and prosecution of those making the phony calls, according to San Mateo police. More information about phone scams can also be found at sanmateopd.org.

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