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County residents should be on alert for phone scams involving law enforcement impersonators fraudulently collecting money, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

A victim in Laguna Hills was recently contacted by a man, identifying himself as an assistant sheriff with OCSD, stating he owed the Internal Revenue Service back taxes. The caller warned the victim that his home would be raided by SWAT officials if he did not purchase a special card for $4,000, a statement issued by department spokesman Jeff Hallock said.

The sheriff’s department does not solicit by phone. Those receiving suspicious calls are asked to contact the department at 714.647.7000 and are advised to not give out personal information, such as social security and bank account numbers.

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