(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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