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Evanston police are warning residents today about reports of a telephone scam designed to extract iTunes gift cards from the gullible.

The police say victims have reported receiving phone calls from a number that appears to belong to the police department.

The caller claims to be collecting money owed to the Internal Revenue Service and requests payment in the form of Apple iTunes gift cards.

The police say there are two sure tipoffs that it’s a scam. First, the police department wouldn’t call you on behalf of the IRS. And second, they most certainly wouldn’t ask for iTunes gift cards as a form of payment.

Variations of this scam have been going on for a while. The IRS issued a tax tip two years ago about the scams noting, among other things, that “the IRS will not call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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