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Phone scam costs elderly Cheektowaga resident $3,200

A phone scam that recently bilked an elderly Cheektowaga resident out of $3,200 is reviving warnings from police.

Cheektowaga police said the resident was called by a person falsely claiming to be from the IRS and falsely claiming there was an arrest warrant issued for the person because they owed the agency money.

The victim was told to purchase iTunes gift cards and then call the person back. The victim called back and provided the gift card numbers, at which time the call was ended, police said.

The IRS does not conduct business over the phone, police said. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up and should not call back.

Anyone unsure whether a call is legitimate may call the local police department for advice.

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