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Iowan receives call from scammer, plays it on radio station

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CRESTON (KWWL) -

It's time for a crook to face the music, thanks to an Iowa radio station.

An employee at KSIB in Creston got a call from a scam artist telling him he owed the IRS about $4,000.

The employee knew it was a scam, so he recorded the whole conversation.

Then they played that conversation on the air.

"A lot of people get scam calls at some point in their life, and the opportunity presented itself," said Jordan Armstrong, KSIB News Director. "We were able to do this and get the word out about how common this problem is."

After the recording aired, the radio station received calls from listeners who say the same thing happened to them.

The Creston Police Department gets complaints about these kinds of scams throughout the year.

"This call was good because it shows you what extent they will go to," said Officer Melissa Heatherington. "They can be nice, they can be forward, they can be threatening, and even to go as far as to threaten your arrest." 

Authorities say if the IRS wants to contact you, it will do so through the mail, not over the phone.

"The best advice is to not give out any information whatsoever or converse with these people on the phone," said Heatherington. "That's not how people conduct business with the IRS or anyone else. If you want to protect yourself, hang up the phone."

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