Asbury Park police are diving into details to find an alleged IRS phone scammer - especially because the suspect's app masks the number as the Police Department's main line.

Police issued a Nixel alert in response to the report they received that someone claiming to be a treasury agent informed a woman that she had a balance due on her taxes, and that failure to pay immediately would result in her arrest.

The woman was ordered to buy Target gift cards and forward the serial numbers to the "treasury agent." The caller's number appeared as the Asbury Park PD non-emergent line, 732-774-1300.

Police strongly urge anyone receiving a similar call, or having questions or concerns, to call them at the main number. They also issue a reminder that IRS agents never place phone calls to demand payments, and they absolutely don't take gift cards to settle debts.

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