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(HOUSTON) — The Houston Police Department wants immigrants to be aware that they’re being targeted by scammers.

The scammers are calling local immigrants and claiming they’re from the IRS or another government agency like a police department. They tell the victims they need to pay a fine for some imaginary wrongdoing.

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HPD Ofc. Eric Mehl has a warning to those who receive the calls.

“Talk to them; try to get the information you can but don’t given out your information,” he said. “If they are who they say they are, they are going to know your information already. They are not going to pump you for social security number, name, phone number, stuff like that.”

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