IRS warns Americans about a widespread phone scam

(NBC) -- The Internal Revenue Service is warning Americans about a widespread phone scam that has already cost victims millions of dollars.

The agency has received some 90-thousand complaints of unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.

According to the IRS, crooks have already stolen around $5-million from unsuspecting victims.

The IRS says its first contact with people is always via U.S. Mail and IRS employees never threaten tax payers for immediate payment.

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