State police are warning people of a possible phone scam in which callers identify themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Sgt. Ryan Schoonveld said police have received numerous reports of calls, many being a recording, advising people that they will be sued by the federal government or arrested by the state police if they do not respond.

These are scams and people should not send money or return the phone call, police said. There is information on the IRS website,, regarding possible scams.  Here is a list of what the IRS does not do:

• Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.

• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

• Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

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